4. Australian Focus

We have a lot in common with our neighbours across the ditch. We also have many things that divide us and make us distinct. Australia is a country that includes one of the oldest cultures in the World, as well as a rapidly evolving global face. The stories here illustrate the richness and diversity of this vast land. Explore Aboriginal insights and meditations, rural folk battling the force of climate change, along with a fugitive refugee and a funny little take on Covid playdates.

Total length: 97 minutes
Rating: M Offensive language.


Drama, 17 mins, Australia

Dir/Writ: Alies Sluiter
Prod: Meng Xiong, Federica Belletti, William Littleton

When fugitive Ayaan encounters a man on a rural beach, she must decide whether to trust him, or journey on alone.

Bama (Community)

Documentary, 5 mins, Australia

Dir/Writ/Prod: Jahvis Loveday

After the first day of private school in the city, an aboriginal boy reflects on his fear of losing the magic of family and community while being so far away from them.


Drama, 16 mins, Australia

Dir/Prod: Luisa Martiri
Writ: Alex Philp
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

A young woman takes a road trip to Brisbane to terminate her pregnancy, alongside her reluctant mother.


Animation, 20 mins, Australia

Dir/Writ/Prod: Nicholas Tory
Writ: Jonathan Nix, Aunty Dot Martin, Phil Sullivan
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

Bourke New South Wales is a ‘forgotten’ place, but an undeniably beautiful one. Lifeblood is a meditative exploration of the beauty and complexity of this place, its history, and Australian identity.

Two Sands

Drama, 7 mins, Australia

Dir/Writ: Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
Writ: Kook Manuer
Prod: Lauren Brunswick, David Kucha
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

As Garang struggles on his first day at high school in Australia, memories of being lost in South Sudan are triggered. Garang must find a way to bridge the gap between where he is now, and where he’s come from.


Documentary, 14 mins, Australia

Dir/Writ: Daniel Wilfred
Dir: Nicola Bell
Prod: Courtney Collins

Daniel Wilfred, a young songman from southeast Arnhem Land performs all over the world with his voice and biḻma (clapping sticks). He tells the story about keeping his culture alive, and shares his Manikay (ceremonial song).


Drama, 15 mins, Australia

Dir/Writ: Eddy Bell
Prod: Nonny Klaile, Luke Mulquiney, Steven Rees

Luke thinks the drought is breaking so he doesn’t de-stock as planned, but instead gets his herd ready to calve in the spring. His family are the lucky ones, they’re on good country… but the rain doesn’t come.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Wed 13 Oct

6:00 PM
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Sun 17 Oct

3:30 PM
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Mon 18 Oct

5:30 PM
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Christchurch – Alice

Fri 8 Oct

6:00 PM
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Wellington – Light House Cuba

Sat 9 Oct

3:45 PM
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Thu 14 Oct

8:30 PM
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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Wed 12 Jan

7:30 PM