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From Sand to Celluloid – Payback (1996)


A short drama about payback, the Indigenous traditional law system. After 20 years, Paddy (George Djilaynga) is released from jail into tribal law.

Curator’s notes

Warwick Thornton’s Payback is the story of the Western legal system and the Indigenous legal system. The concept of payback in this film suggests that Indigenous law is equally enforceable. Shot in black-and-white, Payback is one of Thornton’s earliest attempts at drama, his later dramatic works including films such as Green Bush and Mimi.