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Visual Art by Tania Visual Artist, Photographer, Teacher and avid traveller and explorer or on facebook at
Published January 20th 2021
Image Courtesy of Madman Entertainment Pty. Ltd

This Australian movie, set in Arnhem Land, is the story of an Aboriginal family and in particular, a young boy Gutjuk, whose fate is painstakingly entwined with two white men, and particularly a sniper from World World I called Travis. And the road this story travels is twisted indeed.

The backdrop to this movie is the stunning wilderness area of Arnhem Land and it is not hard to see why it is sacred to the Aboriginal people. The movie uses the sounds of this land to draw you into the scene and the lack of background music to emphasise this silence is very noticeable You almost feel that you could not make a sound in the cinema lest you upset the quietness of the land and the sounds of the wilderness in the movie.

Image Courtesy of Madman Entertainment Pty. Ltd

The narrative to this movie was very well set up from the start to its end. The continuing struggle that cultures have with each other in the matters of justice, law, land and honour, are very much explored in this movie, and one walks away from it with more questions than answers.

Credit is due to the many Aboriginal actors who played in this movie and its authenticity was a delight to watch on the big screen. Simon Baker, Jack Thompson, and Callan Mulvey added their own atmospheric acting talents to spice up this dramatic film.

Image Courtesy of Madman Entertainment Pty. Ltd

I think all Australians will benefit from watching this drama and to see our wonderful brown land on the big screen was a joy to watch. I would give this drama 4 stars out of 5.

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Thanks for the review Tania. I have just seen the film and relate to the silence in the film which lets the story unfold and makes the sounds of the bush more real.
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