Dreaming Film Festival

A celebration of Indigenous Film Making presented by UWS, screening films from the National Film and Sound Archives Black Screen Program and Flickerfest's 'Bit of Black Business'.

This was a free event open to staff, students and the Greater Sydney community. It was held at Bankstown campus on Friday 29 May 2009. For more information about the event, please contact Equity and Diversity.

Festival Program

Welcome to country 3.45 pm

Official Opening

Professor Wayne McKenna, Bankstown Provost
Professor Michael McDaniel, Dean of Indigenous Education 


Tatiana Lozano, Equity and Diversity

Session One 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm

B.L.A.C.K (26:00 min)

Director: Grant Leigh Saunders
Synopsis: Is a celebration and understanding of the Aboriginal voice in hip-hop. Film focuses on hip hop musician Wire MC with historical and political footage.

Mimi (M) (14:00 min)

Writer/Director: Warwick Thornton
Synopsis: Once you buy black you can't go back: a very funny and poignant story about buying Aboriginal art.

SA Black Thing (26:00 min)

Writer/Director: Rima Tamou
Synopsis: For brash young salesman Clinton Spice, life is looking up. He has been sent to a tropical Paradise, all expenses paid to close the deal of a lifetime. But on the eve of his all important pitch his documents are stolen by Crystal, a vivacious young thief, and he sets out to track her down all before his deadline. But what he gets is the last thing he ever expected.

Backseat (5:00 min)

Writer/Director: Pauline Whyman
Synopsis: One day unfolds through the eyes of 12-year-old Janine when she goes with her foster parents to meet her biological family for the first time.

Days Like These (5:00 min)

Writer/Director: Martin Leroy Adams
Synopsis: Trying to find a job, Dan has to overcome social stereotypes.

Jackie Jackie (5:00 min)

Writer/Director: Adrian Wills
Synopsis: Jinaali is a sweet overweight Aboriginal checkout chick at the local supermarket. Her boss, Mr Chuck, is constantly on her back until Jinaali finds a voice of her own. Have you got your Jackie Jackie doll yet?

Refreshments 5.30 pm to 5.45 pm

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Session Two 5.45 pm to 7.00 pm

Nana (5:00 min)

Writer/Director: Warwick Thornton
Synopsis: Nana's granddaughter thinks Nana's pretty special. She loves her Nana because she helps the old people, she's a good painter and other people love her too. Nana's got everyone under control.

Green Bush (26:00 min)

Writer/Director: Warwick Thornton
Synopsis: 'Green Bush is a celebration of an era of music, working for the cause and getting things done. But not in the way you would expect. DJ Kenny realises that his job at an Aboriginal community radio station is about more than playing music.'

Hush (5:00 min)

Writer/Director: Dena Curtis
Synopsis: Ethel and her friend Mary resort to an unlikely occupation at night to top up their pensions. Ethel's daughter is horrified when she discovers they are not really 'playing cards'.

Kwatye (5:00 min)

Writer/Director: Trisha Morton-Thoma
Synopsis: Who would have thought a glass of water could cause so much havoc?

My Brother Vinnie (M) (25:00 min)

Director: Steven McGregor
Producer: Sarah Bond
Synopsis: Aaron and Vinnie Pedersen are two brothers who have been each others shadow. Aaron has established a successful career as an actor, all the while being responsible for the care of Vinnie who has mild intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy. My Brother Vinnie intimately explores a relationship full of humour and charm. The characters will touch you with their wit and honesty.

BBQ 7.00 pm

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