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THIS WED NIGHT: Occupation:Native - Byron Bay Premiere-12th June


THIS WED NIGHT: Occupation:Native - Byron Bay Premiere-12th June

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A couple of hundred years ago and a bit, all was well in Aboriginal Australia. People thrived and life was good, people were happy.. and then … all hell broke loose.

The Aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted 247 year Australian historical narrative. It’s not that the Australian story is wrong, it’s just that it’s one-sided. Aboriginal filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas, bites back at Australian history in this inspired satire.

Captain James Cook, a hero to most Australians but a thief to Aboriginal people, stole the continent with a British flag. The Aboriginal people had no idea what Cook was up to. They continued on with their lives, blissfully unaware that their 80,000 year kinship with their lands was about to be tested beyond their worst nightmares.

Aboriginal people fought back against white domination, but numbers and guns were against them. In a long, ugly war, brave men, women and children died in defence of their country, yet the European narrative buried their heroic stand and failed to mention their names and deeds.

And yet the voices of Black Australia would not be quieted. The concept of reconciliation became an ideological mantra and a political issue, and their spirit and resilience lives on.


Join us for this insightful, enlightening and at times humorous evening of film, live music and chocolate tasting!


This event also features two short films!:

In a world where everyone has a mobile phone, a personalised ringtone can say a lot about you.

Welcome to the once-remote Aboriginal community of Gapuwiyak in northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, where individual ringtones reveal rich insights into lives of the Yolngu people.

From ancestral clan songs, animal calls and birdsongs to hip hop artists and gospel tunes, a Yolngu ringtone always comes with a great story. It might be the music a young woman dances to in a city nightclub, or a clan song invoking memories of ancestors and country.

Yolngu people are renowned as first-rate storytellers with a keen sense of humour. In Ringtone, various individuals talk directly to camera as they reveal the advantages and perils of their new connectivity.

Made collaboratively by Miyarrka Media, a new media arts collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers, Ringtone is a beautiful, funny and surprising film about the place of mobile phones in a contemporary Australian Indigenous community.

The great Arnhemland Band Nabarlek a few years ago did a cover version of Men at Work's classic hit "Down Under". A few years later kids from their community - the Bordoh clan from Manmoyi, Arnhem Land - did their own version of this classic Aussie pop song.

'Occupation Native' (52 min)
'Ringtone' (30 min)
'Land Down Under' (4 min)
Total event duration = 86 min

Chow Cacao’s delicious organic, raw, vegan chocolate bars are made from fair trade and sustainably sourced ingredients. Handmade in our home town Byron Bay and hand-wrapped in nostalgic golden foil. The mix of classic and funky flavours will bring you back to your childhood, when coconut roughs and golden foil were a thing! Their simple and iconic packaging is inspired by the 70’s surf culture here in Byron Bay.

After working with her team of innovative musicians and renowned producer/ engineer Paul Pilsneniks. Angie Hudson has crafted her debut EP ‘Opens’ released may 2017. All singles recieved rotation on triple J, Angie song "Breathe in" was described as one of Nkechi's "favourite songs" for 2017.

Angie Hudson has been known to deliver an enchanting performance, her electric soul/folk blend has been compared to the likes of, Lianne La Havas, Husky, Sade, and Norah Jones.

After performing numerous shows ( Falls fest, supports with Viex Farka Toure, Parcels) with her trio- Freyja Hooper- Drums, and bassist- Shaun Johnson they created a collaborative project at the beginning of the year 'Banksia'.

Angie is also know to collaborate with other artists/ musicians/ producers, and ocasionally performing intimate strip backed shows where hse can bare her songs in their most essential form.

Angie's performances can be described as "Ethereal, intimate and graceful. With sultry lyrics floating through jazz-inspired folk offerings their audience is left all tingly on the outside and warm on the inside."

5.45pm: Doors open
6.00pm: Live music and chocolate tasting
6.30pm: Films (86 min duration)

(includes film, music, and chocolate tasting!)
A portion of your ticket purchase supports the film maker! Thank you for supporting independent film making, and helping educate and build awareness :-)
Adults = $23
Students/Pensioners/concession = $19

The venue and theatre are wheelchair accessible. If you require a wheelchair spot please phone the cinema on (02) 6685 5828 for further details.

Refund policy:
* Please note that tickets are NOT refundable if you change your mind or are unable to make it on the day. Your tickets cannot be changed to another date. They may however be given to a friend to attend.

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