DIRECTOR: SERA DAVIES
SATURDAY 5:15PM / CINEMA 2
RUNNING TIME: 87 MINS
Namatjira film tells a profoundly moving story. Four stars.
-Sydney Morning Herald
An extraordinary first-hand account of the international battle to reclaim the artwork and heritage of one of Australia’s most important Indigenous figures: Albert Namatjira.
The founder of the Indigenous art movement, Albert Namatjira was an international icon and the first Indigenous person to be granted Australian citizenship. But Namatjira was never fully accepted by white Australia, and after being wrongfully imprisoned in 1959, he soon died, despondent and broken. Then, in 1983, the Australian Government sold the rights to his work to a white art dealer – despite Namatjira having left his art to his wife and children. Made with the Namatjira family this acclaimed film by Tasmania’s Big hART follows the family’s quest for justice, from Aranda country to Buckingham Palace, as they fight to have Namatjira’s legacy returned to its rightful home. A captivating story of Australian race relations lensed through the bitterly contested history of one of our most venerated figures, Namatjira Project is a powerful, important and moving addition to the canon of modern Indigenous culture.
Followed by a Q & A with Scott Rankin of Big hART (2018 Tasmanian of the Year)