Blak Nite is a free festival with live music, film talks and screenings. It is also a celebration of the incredible Indigenous contribution to Australian film and TV. In its 6th year, this event returns to the Treasury Gardens which is at 2 Spring Street, Melbourne on Friday the 6th (7pm to 11.50pm) and Saturday the 7th (7pm to 11.25pm) February 2015. The gardens are a short walk from Parliament train station and close to tram stops on routes 11, 12, 35, 48, 70, 75 and 109. Pack a picnic or you can grab a meal from the variety of food stalls that are going to be there. Don't forget to bring your own picnic blanket or low chairs and enjoy what looks like 2 great nights of entertainment.
David Gulpilil and Ursula Yovich. Frank Yamma image courtesy of snipview.com
On the Friday you can enjoy a live acoustic performance by Frank Yamma at 7pm. He's an extraordinary songwriter and guitarist with deep, rich and resonating vocals. At 8pm Aaron Pedersen the host will be in conversation with acclaimed actor David Gulpilil and filmmaker Darlene Johnson. In between there will be a bit of screen art for 2 minutes (Terrarist: Gordon Hookey). At 8.50pm there will be a 56 minute documentary called Gulpilil: One Red Blood which was directed by Darlene Johnson and it's a portrait of David Gulpilil. There's more screen art at 9.47pm (Vexed: Fiona Foley) that goes for 13 minutes and the Friday night closes with a 10pm screening of Charlie's Country starring David Gulpilil that closes at 11.50pm.
It's a collection of short films based on stories by Australian writer Tim Winton. Two more minutes of screen art at 9.28pm (Runner: Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser) will be followed by a 9.30pm screening of a television episode called Gods of Wheat Street (series 1, The games people play). Before the next television episode of Redfern Now (series 2, Pokies) begins at 10.30pm you'll be treated to 2 more minutes of screen art called Remember Me: Reko Rennie. The night concludes at 11.25pm. You can download the full program HERE and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the films screened at Blak Nite Screen with no intent to distress, may show images of people who are deceased.