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Homeland: Films by Australian First Nations directors

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Explore a thrilling selection of the very best movies by Indigenous Australian filmmakers from the last three decades.

Despite an extraordinary range of exciting films by Indigenous Australian directors being made every year, very few are released in the UK. While some works by filmmakers such as Warwick Thornton, Rachel Perkins and Wayne Blair have received great reviews and won large audiences, so many stories by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are hard to see outside of Australia.

This season celebrates these great filmmakers through a series of cinema screenings, some showing in the UK for the first time, whose works embrace a variety of genres, including westerns, film noirs, horror movies and dance films. Themes of displacement and marginalisation, as well as resilience and humour, surface in many of the films, which showcase Australian First Nations rich cultural heritage through films starring many of Australia’s greatest actors.

Homeland: Films by Australian First Nations directors is supported by the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.

Curated by the Barbican in partnership with Screen Australia. With thanks to Penny Smallacombe and Savannah Glynn-Braun (First Nations Department, Screen Australia).

Please note, this film programme contains names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.