AFTRS Indigenous Shorts Showcase


AFTRS is Australia’s national screen and broadcast school. Since inception, in 1973, AFTRS has launched the careers of over 3000 film, television, radio and new media professionals many of whom are working at the highest levels in the world. Rated one of the best film schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter, AFTRS alumni include Jane Campion, Philip Noyce, Gillian Armstrong, Ivan Sen, Chris Noonan, Warwick Thornton, Jocelyn Moorehouse and Rolf de Heer.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) presents a selection of short films for NAIDOC Week 2017, celebrating the School’s Indigenous filmmakers. This is a rare opportunity to see the first films of alumni greats Ivan Sen (Mystery RoadGoldstone), Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue DaeOne Night the Moon), Catriona McKenzie (Satellite BoyRedfern Now) and more.
AFTRS continues its commitment to nurturing its Indigenous storytellers across all disciplines in film, television and radio, with many of their graduates garnering international recognition and national acclaim for their work.

The showcase will feature the following films:

 Clan (2013 – 7 mins) Written & directed by Larissa Behrendt, Produced by Sophie Wienser.
James Saunders was told at boarding school he wasn’t clever enough to go to University. He lived in the Aboriginal community where there is ‘men’s business’ and ‘women’s business’, James overcame doubts about coming out and joined the Convicts Rugby team, winning three Bingham Cups. He is now a role model for young, gay Aboriginal people.

Goblin Market (1995 – 13 mins) Written & directed by Belinda Hall and Megan Harding, Produced by Rachel Perkins.

“Morning and evening
maids heard the goblin cry,
come buy our orchid fruits
come buy, come buy”
Goblin market Christina Rossetti
An age-old myth seen through contemporary Australian eyes.
Redfern Beach (2000 – 15 mins) Written and Directed by Catriona McKenzie, Produced by Rachel Roberts.
Max needs to choose between money and love. An old bagman gives Max a magic fishing lure. As colour begins to seep into his life, the choice becomes clear.
Resistance (2012 – 6 mins) Written & directed by Natasha Lawrence, Produced by Katie Amos. 
In 1908 a virile African American man arrived on Australian shores in pursuit of a title. This man was boxer Jack Johnson and he had spent the previous two years pursuing the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Canadian Tommy Burns, to challenge him to fight. On Boxing Day at Sydney Stadium in Rushcutters Bay 1908, he finally got his chance.
The Third Note (1999 – 10 mins) Directed by Catriona McKenzie, Written by Lynne Vincent, Produced by Priscilla Collins.
A blind woman and her neighbour discover a common bond after battling each other with sound.
Warm Strangers (1996 – 7 mins) Written and directed by Ivan Sen, Produced by Melanie Coombs. The last moments in the life of Jess, a young Aboriginal man. Fatally wounded, he attempts to reunite with his father whom he has not seen for fifteen years.
Weeping Willow (2001 – 10 mins) Directed by Adrian Wills, Written by Louise Woodruff-Sanz, Produced by Nicholas Price.
She once described his dancing as being like the wind through the willow trees. She was his mentor and his best friend. She was his mum. Weeping Willow is the story of a dancer coming to terms with the death of his closest friend and biggest fan.