Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 53: Tue Feb 22

We Don't Need A Map ( Thornton, 2017): Barbican Cinema, 6.30pm

This film is part of the 'Homeland: Films by Australian First Nations directors' season at the Barbican Cinema. You can find the full details here.

Barbican introduction:
The Southern Cross constellation is one of the most familiar symbols in Australia, which has been claimed and appropriated by many groups, including racist nationalists, since colonisation. For Indigenous Australian people, it is a symbol with profound resonance. In this scorching essay film, Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah, Sweet Country) explores the cultural roots of the constellation and its position in Australian culture. The film, edited from over 70 hours of footage, is infused with a punk spirit. Thornton is certainly unafraid of provocation – a couple of years before the film he stated that ‘the Southern Cross was becoming the new swastika’. Told through his often bawdy style, this is a passionate and fearless film that, in the words of the director, asks ‘who we are and where we are going’.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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