Yellow Fella was directed by Ivan Sen and was an Official Selection at Cannes 2005. In 1978, Tom Lewis appeared in the Australian feature film, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. The life of the character he played was hauntingly close to his own, a young, restless man of mixed heritage, struggling for a foothold on the edge of two cultures.
Tom’s mother is a traditional Indigenous woman of southern Arnhem Land, his father a Welsh stockman who he never really knew.
Yellow Fella is a journey across the land and into Tom’s past, as he attempts to find the resting place of his father and to finally confront the truth of his most inner feelings of love and identity.
With David Page (resident composer for Bangara Dance Theatre) in his big screen debut, Green Bush won Panorama Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film festival.
This short film directed by Warwick Thornton has local DJ Kenny realising his job at the Aboriginal community radio station is about more than just playing music. Kenny jokes that his Green Bush show is broadcast to a ‘captive’ audience — namely the local prison.
While taking requests from those on the inside and out, Kenny has to cope with the results of a wild night outside and learn his place in the circle of violence. 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.
October Gallery will also be showing a children’s matinee screening of the 1976 classic, Storm Boy. This will be shown on Sat 28 Jan at 3pm for just £4.
The exhibition accompanying the short films, Memory as Landscape features works by Utopian artists, Gloria and Kathleen Petyarr; Poly, Kathleen and Angeline Ngal; and Greenie Purvis Petyarr. It will run at October Gallery until 28 January.
Yellow Fella and Green Bush will be shown at October Gallery (24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AL) on Tuesday 17 January at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are just £5. For more information call 020 7242 7367 or visit www.octobergallery.co.uk.
Courtesy of October Gallery we have two double passes to giveaway to see Yellow Fella and Green Bush on Tuesday 17 January.
For a chance to WIN a double pass just tell us which famous Australian film Yellow Fella is related to?
Email your answers to: [email protected]