We Don't Need A Map

This is the story of the hijacking of an Australian icon

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Documentary

85mins

2017

Warwick Thornton

CTC

synopsis

The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.

Now one of Australia’s leading film-makers, Warwick Thornton, tackles this fiery subject head on in a bold and poetic essay-film. “We Don’t Need a Map” challenges us to consider the place of the Southern Cross in the Australian psyche. Imbued with Warwick’s cavalier spirit, this is a fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape.

SCREENINGS AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 2018

cast:

Adam Briggs, Baluka Maymuru, Bill Harney, Bruce Pascoe

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Writer/Director: WARWICK THORNTON, Writer/Producer: BRENDAN FLETCHER, Editor: Andrea Lang ASE

fan quotes:

"Levity is an easy takeaway in a documentary that manages to address a broad range of pressing contemporary discussions on race, history and identity." Conor Bateman

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