Film Society: The Tracker

Friday 1 July 2011
8:00pm - 10:30pm

Location: Fish Creek Hall | Category: Cinema

Prom Coast Film Society proudly presents:

The Tracker – 2003 – Australia – Indigenous Drama – ‘M’ Rated

Click here to see Prom Coast Film Society’s full 2011 calendar of films.

The Prom Coast Film Society’s July cinematic offering is the 2002 Australian film ‘The Tracker’.

This film is being shown not only to coincide with NAIDOC* week celebrations but also in keeping with the Australian Council of Film Societies’ philosophy that ‘Film society programs are designed to open the mind to the wider horizons of the cinema’ and ‘It is not expected that every society member will enjoy every film screened but it is assumed that members will view the film intelligently.’

Set in 1922, ‘The Tracker’ depicts an Aboriginal tracker played by David Gulpilil who leads the manhunt for a fugitive Aboriginal man accused of murdering a ‘white’ woman.

The three white men in the party – The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran – do not realise that their deep-seated racism will be more dangerous than the hunt for the accused.

There is a well-constructed juxtaposition throughout the film between the drama and implied violence of the story and the haunting, plaintive songs with lyrics written by the film’s director Ralph de Heer and performed by Archie Roach.

Described by David Stratton of the ABC Movie Show as “remarkable”, the film was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival 2002.

David Gulpilil won the AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The film has also won awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia and the Australian Writers’ Guild Award.

The short film chosen to start the evening is the ABC TV production ‘Babakiueria’ a satirical look at relations between Indigenous Australians and Australians of European descent. The film won the 1987 United Nations Media Peace Prize.

The next coming film on Friday 5 August is the 1960s American cult classic film ‘Rosemary’s Baby’. This will be followed on Friday 2 September 2011 by the documentary film ‘Food Inc’ from 2010.

Anybody can come to these films but you will need to subscribe to the film society on the night. Under the terms of the Victorian Film Federation, society members have to buy subscriptions for at least three consecutive films at a cost of $28 for the three films.

Prom Coast Film Society nights are a great opportunity for people to see a range of contemporary and classic films in a relaxed theatre setting at a very reasonable cost. For a small donation patrons are welcome to enjoy a supper provided by the Committee.

Come along and enjoy the evening and feel free to bring your own cushions to make yourself feel at home.

*NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in July each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

The National NAIDOC Theme for the 2011 NAIDOC Week celebrations is Change: the next step is ours.

Further details about the film society can be found at FAMDA’s website.

Enquiries can be emailed to [email protected] or phone Catherine McGlead on 0407 543 371

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