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2000s (continued)

Deadly Yarns – Sugar Bag 2004

A story of love and endurance about an Aboriginal child fathered by a white man and hunted down by police troopers.

Palermo: ‘History’ Standing Still 2004

Images of architecture and street life shot in Palermo in 1999 are edited as a mock-documentary to suggest a century of history, and to examine issues of authenticity in the period film.

The Djarn Djarns 2005

The Djarn Djarns is a comedy-drama very much suited for young people. It is a dance film with a sports feel, so culture and sport are not in competition.

The First Thing I Remember 2005

A short documentary in which 12 people recall their first memory.

Grange 2005

Grange is an irreverent story of the extremes two young lawyers go to in order to get promoted in the corporate sector.

Green Bush 2005

Warwick Thornton began his film career as a cinematographer and moved into directing and writing. In Green Bush, his visual aesthetic complements his storytelling strengths.

The Instructional Guide to Dating 2005

This short film contains in-flight instructions for dating success.

The Luminary 2005

In this animated short without dialogue, a moth collector searches for a lost moth and more.

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello 2005

The film evokes an aura of mystery from the outset and is a superb example of how animation at its best can create a magical imaginary, yet convincing, world.

Plains Empty 2005

Plains Empty functions as a metaphor for the whole Australian landscape, where the living characters are beset by the spirits of the past, and at no time is the past truly absent.

Sa Black Thing 2005

This romantic comedy explores the role that cultural values play in the romance between two Indigenous characters.

Crocodile Dreaming 2006

A short film highlighting the role of traditional custodians in maintaining balance between the natural and spiritual worlds.

Deadly Yarns 2 – Adrift 2006

In this short film a boy responds to the healing power of the natural environment, Aboriginal cultural practices and family.

Deadly Yarns 2 – Frankie’s Story 2006

A young boy excluded from a school trip to the fire station brings the fire trucks to him.

Paper City Architects 2006

A stunning, Manhattan-esque metropolis made of paper is the setting for this stop-motion tale of all-too-familiar bureaucratic frustration.

Revolving Door 2006

A snapshot of St Kilda’s illegal sex industry and the people it affects.

The Safe House 2006

A young Lee Whitmore attempts to unravel the mystery of the spies living next door.

Bit of Black Business – Back Seat 2007

One day seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Janine, who is meeting her biological family for the first time.

Bit of Black Business – Bloodlines 2007

Josh is putting off making a difficult phone call. His procrastination is interrupted by voices from his past.

Bit of Black Business – Custard 2007

A young woman’s grandfather has died. She returns to Stradbroke Island to comfort her grandmother and discover the truth about her grandfather’s death.

Bit of Black Business – Days Like These 2007

Days Like These is a day in the life of Dan, a young Aboriginal man trying to get ahead – but it seems the odds are stacked against him.

Bit of Black Business – Done Dirt Cheap 2007

A tourist overhears two miners talking with Amos, a gold prospector. He buys a nugget from Amos that’s worth a lot less than he bargained for.

Bit of Black Business – Hush 2007

Ethel’s daughter thinks her mum and Mary get together to play cards. She’s shocked to discover they’ve found an unexpected new way of supplementing their pensions.

Bit of Black Business – Jackie Jackie 2007

Inspired by a dream, Jackie Jackie is reminiscent of Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Tracey Moffatt’s BeDevil (1993) in its stylised kitsch.

Bit of Black Business – Kwatye 2007

Filmed in Alice Springs and inspired by a true story, Kwatye is a humorous lesson in being careful about what you say in front of the children.

Bit of Black Business – Nana 2007

This short film from Warwick Thornton is a humorous portrait of an all-rounder told from the perspective of her adoring granddaughter.

Bit of Black Business – Sharpeye 2007

An 11-year-old boy’s sharp eyes help thwart an invasion exercise by elite Special Forces soldiers in the Torres Strait.

Bit of Black Business – The Turtle 2007

Jason’s mother sends him to a small coastal town to keep him out of trouble. But it takes a turtle hunt with his grandfather to bring Jason out of his shell.

Bit of Black Business – Too Late 2007

Ben arrives home late to find his wife not talking to him and his son ignoring him. His pleas for forgiveness fall on deaf ears, and he uncovers a shocking truth.

Bit of Black Business – Two Big Boys 2007

When their car breaks down at a drive-through restaurant, a speed bump becomes a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for two bickering brothers.

The Bronze Mirror 2007

This animated short tells an ancient tale of human illusions.

Deadly Yarns 3 – Who Paintin’ Dis Wandjina? 2007

When a Perth artist uses traditional iconography as graffiti, the traditional owners are not impressed.

My Mother Told Me 2007

A fragmentary account of the horrors of war in Cambodia evolves into an exploration of its aftershocks in a family and the impact of cultural dislocation on identity.

One Shoe Short 2007

On a town camp in Alice Springs, a boy searches for a pair of shoes so he can go to school. His friend tries his best to help him out.

Father 2008

A short animated film about a boy trying to understand his father.

Mutt 2008

In this animated short, all work and no play is not an option for a hard-working dog.

Bourke Boy 2009

A father attempts to reaffirm his relationship with his adopted son as the son seeks to reconnect with his natural mother, culture and country.

2010s

Blackbuster 2012

In this comic love story a pirate-movie dealer’s daydreams seep into reality.

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