Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

From Sand to Celluloid – Black Man Down (1996)

play May contain names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Email a link to this page
To:
CC:
Subject:
Body:
clip
  • 1
  • 2
Drowning the sorrow

This clip chosen to be G

Clip description

A young boy lays unconscious on the sand. He is helped to his feet by his mother (Roslyn Trillot-Watson) and father (Ted Hopkins). A white woman (Jo-Anna Lawson) takes young Waxy (Jarred Wall) by the hand, and leads him towards the city skyline of Brisbane. A Warrior (Jeffrey Locke) done up in traditional dress empties two flagons of wine over the heads of the man and woman who drink thirstily. Waxy runs from the white woman back towards his parents but slams into a wall. Back in the present Waxy falls against the wall and then to the floor of the jail. A police officer (Karen Crone) and a priest (Andrew Booth) talk about Waxy. A spirit woman watches the goings on.

Curator’s notes

A somewhat experimental narrative written by Indigenous writer Sam Watson, who says the city skyline represents death and destruction, and the Bora Ring the doorway to life. Watson’s narrative relies heavily on symbolism to convey meaning within this film.

Thanks to the generosity of the rights holders, we are able to offer Drowning the sorrow from the short film From Sand to Celluloid – Black Man Down as a high quality video download.

To play the downloadable video, you need QuickTime 7.0, VLC, or similar.

You must read and agree to the following terms and conditions before downloading the clip:

australianscreen is produced by the National Film and Sound Archive. By using the website you agree to comply with the terms and conditions described elsewhere on this site. The NFSA may amend the 'Conditions of Use’ from time to time without notice.

All materials on the site, including but not limited to text, video clips, audio clips, designs, logos, illustrations and still images, are protected by the Copyright Laws of Australia and international conventions.

When you access australianscreen you agree that:

  • You may retrieve materials for information only.
  • You may download materials for your personal use or for non-commercial educational purposes, but you must not publish them elsewhere or redistribute clips in any way.
  • You may embed the clip for non-commercial educational purposes including for use on a school intranet site or a school resource catalogue.
  • The National Film and Sound Archive’s permission must be sought to amend any information in the materials, unless otherwise stated in notices throughout the Site.

All other rights reserved.

ANY UNAUTHORISED USE OF MATERIAL ON THIS SITE MAY RESULT IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LIABILITY.

This clip is available in the following configurations:

File nameSizeQualitySuitability
sanblack1_pr.mp4 Large: 20.3MB High Optimised for full-screen display on a fast computer.
sanblack1_bb.mp4 Medium: 9.6MB Medium Can be displayed full screen. Also suitable for video iPods.

Right-click on the links above to download video files to your computer.

Thanks to the generosity of the rights holders, we are able to offer this clip in an embeddable format for personal or non-commercial educational use in full form on your own website or your own blog.

You must read and agree to the following terms and conditions before embedding the clip:

australianscreen is produced by the National Film and Sound Archive. By using the website you agree to comply with the terms and conditions described elsewhere on this site. The NFSA may amend the 'Conditions of Use’ from time to time without notice.

All materials on the site, including but not limited to text, video clips, audio clips, designs, logos, illustrations and still images, are protected by the Copyright Laws of Australia and international conventions.

When you access australianscreen you agree that:

  • You may retrieve materials for information only.
  • You may download materials for your personal use or for non-commercial educational purposes, but you must not publish them elsewhere or redistribute clips in any way.
  • You may embed the clip for non-commercial educational purposes including for use on a school intranet site or a school resource catalogue.
  • The National Film and Sound Archive’s permission must be sought to amend any information in the materials, unless otherwise stated in notices throughout the Site.

All other rights reserved.

ANY UNAUTHORISED USE OF MATERIAL ON THIS SITE MAY RESULT IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LIABILITY.

Copy and paste the following code into your own web page to embed this clip: