DIFF 2017 Program Launch - We Don't Need A Map

We are launching the DIFF 2017 program at Deckchair Cinema before the 7.30pm screening of Warwick Thornton's new feature length documentary We Don't Need A Map!

*Free entry - ensure to come down early ensure your spot*

We Don't Need a Map: In 2009, Warwick Thornton’s Samson and Delilah won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and he was nominated for Australian of the Year. When asked at a press conference what his main concern would be if he received Australia’s highest honour, he replied, “that the Southern Cross is becoming the new Swastika”.

Seven years later, Thornton takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation’s astronomical, colonial and Aboriginal history to the present day.

For Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual, a connection vividly expressed in stories from North East Arnhem Land, Katherine and the Central Desert. By contrast, the star-adorned Eureka Flag was emblematic of protest and defiance from its first appearance, a quality that caused it to be adopted by activists, and lately, the darker side of Australian nationalism.

Shot by Thornton and his filmmaker son, Dylan River, this poetic essay-film features interviews with tattooists, rappers, astronomers… and bush puppets.

We Don’t Need a Map doesn’t shy away from the tough questions about the place of the Southern Cross in the Australian psyche, but Thornton’s cavalier spirit and inventive filmmaking skilfully balances the provocative and the pleasurable.

Featuring tracks by AB Original’s Adam Briggs and leading Aussie rock-punk acts such as The Drones, Frenzal Rhomb, The Saints and Rowland S Howard, the film is a bold statement from the first frame.

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“The film manages to achieve that unique tone of Australian self-deprecation tempered by frustration but resolutely remaining positive about the future.”

Eddie Cockrell - Variety

“ The first stanza of "We Don't Need A Map" is a furious, energetic, punk rock f*ck you, that kicks the audience's arse with a collision of styles and content.”

Blake Howard - Graffiti With Punctuation

Show Time(s)

Add to Calendar 7:30pm,
Thursday 24 August
Deckchair Cinema

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Warwick Thornton



Running Time

85 minutes


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