The 2012 Film Program is open to all AWME Delegate Pass and Daytime Conference Pass holders.


Please note details are subject to change.

Friday 16 November

Indigenous Australian Short Films



A pirated DVD seller in love with the daughter of the local pub owner imagines moments from his life as scenes from classic films, with a big song and dance finale.

10 mins | 2011 | Written by: Sio Tusa |Directed by: Sio Tusa | Produced by: Sio Tusa


Green Bush

Presented by National Film and Sound Archive

greenA simple short film from writer-director Warwick Thornton based on his experience as a DJ earlier in his life. Using minimal locations, it tells a beautifully crafted story  about a DJ whose job is not confined to making the music happen. Green Bush speaks of community responsibility through the central character Kenny (David Page), and makes a statement on manhood with a directness that is culturally relevant to all Indigenous communities.

26 mins | 2005 | Written by: Warwick Thornton | Directed by: Warwick Thornton | Produced by: Kath Shelper

Date:        Friday 16 November
Time:        1.00pm – 2.00pm
Location:   Arts Centre Melbourne, Hugh Williamson Room



New Zealand Short Films

Presented by The New Zealand Film Commission

Snow In Paradise

snow_in_paradiseThe sun is shining and nature provides us with clear seawater for the fish, coconut for the land. The islanders live a happy, healthy life - until, far away, a fire rises. A day in the life of a young girl in the Cook Island whose world is shattered by nuclear testing in the Pacific. Selected for 2012 Berlinale and Melbourne International Film Festival '12.

9 mins | 2012 | Written by: Nikki Si'ulepa | Directed by: Justine Simei-Barton & Nikki Si'ulepa | Produced by: Paul Simei-Barton


The Dump


Told through the eyes of 11-year-old Utah, The Dump is a story about a boy discovering there’s more to his dad than just rubbish. Filmed in Tauraroa in Northland.

10 mins | 2012 | Written by: Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa, Ng?puhi, K?i Tahu) | Directed by: Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa, Ng?puhi, K?i Tahu) | Produced by: Orlando Stewart


Koro's Medal


While hiding from his brother, Billy drops his grandfather’s precious war medal through a crack in their apartment floorboard into the bookshop below. At first, Billy’s mission is simply to get down to the bookshop to retrieve Koro’s medal, but when two hapless thugs come across it while stealing rare books, Billy is forced to take matters into his own hands

14 mins | 2012 | Written by: Simon Paniora | Directed by: James Barr | Produced by: Carne Bidwell


The Lawn Mower Men of Kapu


Atawhai is a boy on the verge of manhood, and he is counting on his three uncles to help the aunties. But the uncles have a major falling out with each other. Atawhai learns a valuable lesson about family and tradition, and his place in both.

14 mins| 2011 | Written by: Libby Hakaraia | Directed by: Libby Hakaraia | Produced by: Tainui Stephens


Date:       Friday 16 November
Time:       3.00pm – 4.00pm
Location:  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hugh Williamson Room


Saturday 17 November

In Conversation with Bunna Lawrie


Bunna Lawrie is the NAIDOC (National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander) 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Bunna Lawrie is a respected Mirning Elder, song man, medicine man and storyteller from the coastal Nullabor in South Australia. Bunna was a founding member of Coloured Stone, a band formed in the Koonibba Mission, west of Ceduna. In 1984 Coloured Stones' single Black Boy became a number one hit in the Pacific Islands and the band went on to receive an ARIA award in 1986 for their single Human Love.  Over the years the band have collaborated with other music greats including Midnight Oil, Leo Sayer, Jimmy Little and KD Lang. While Coloured Stones' members have changed, Bunna has always remained the charismatic front man. Bunna also performs as a solo artist with his band Bunna Lawrie and the Whaledreamers.
Among a long list of awards and accolades, Bunna was awarded the Don Banks Music Award in 1999. This was the first time this award had been received by a rock musician. As well as performing, Bunna has conducted music workshops with organisations and communities across regional and remote Australia.

30 mins

Coloured Stone Music Video Collection


A selection of iconic music video clips from The Bunna Lawrie Coloured Stone Video Collection. Including Blackboy; Dancin' in the Moonlight; and Wild Desert Rose.

20 mins | Written by: Coloured Stone | Directed by: Various | Produced by: Various



Date:       Saturday 17 November
Time:       11.00am – 12.00pm
Location:  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hugh Williamson Room


Sunday 18 November

International Stories

Sauti za Busara: More than a Festival

Presented by Busara Festival Zanzibar


Sauti za Busara [Swahili, meaning Sounds of Wisdom] is held annually during February on the picturesque spice island of Zanzibar and widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’.  This short film takes the viewer from humble beginnings to the 9th edition in 2012, where through the eyes of musicians, artists, festival organisers and audiences we see how the event has grown to attract African music lovers from all over the world.

25mins | Directed by: Merete Stubhaug | Produced by: Busara Promotions / SYNK Media | Camera / Editing / Sound by: Merete Stubhaug / SYNK Media

Date:       Sunday 18 November
Time:       11.00am – 12.00midday
Location:  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hugh Williamson Room


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