By Lucinda Horrocks, 16 October 2015.
“I realise the dispossession of Aboriginal people and the legacy of racist colonialism is still present in the bones of my home”
Aunty Marlene Gilson’s paintbrush is tiny. It’s narrow as a twig, a fraction the width of her thumbnail. She holds it poised in one hand while rummaging for paint amongst the crumpled tubes lying randomly on a chair next to her. She talks constantly, nervous because we are there. “Where’s the red?” she says. “You know, I can never find it. “ She dips the brush into the paint tube with a practised gesture. “I’m not supposed to do it this way”, she says, “but it’s easier”. She leans close to the large canvas and traces a line, a thread of colour. Bright pigments. Red first. Then yellow, then white. She is lighting a campfire, the simple colours morphing into flames before my eyes. “I wasn’t going to light the fire but I think it looks better.” She dabs on a bit of white and black with a dirty sponge. “That’s the smoke”, she says. And indeed it is, drifting lazily past some tiny figures around a campfire.
“That’s done.” She says.
Win a Free Double Pass to see the Film ’99 Homes’
Because our ‘Neon’ giveaway tickets were snaffled up so quickly the Melbourne International Film Festival Travelling Showcase has given us three double passes to give away to the film ’99 Homes’, screening at the Ballarat Regent Cinemas on Friday the 18th of September at 6:45 pm.
To be in the running for a double pass, send an email to email@example.com with ’99 Homes’ in the subject heading and your name in the email body. We’ll give passes to the first three.
Win a Free Double Pass to see the Film ‘Neon’
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.
To celebrate the Melbourne International Film Festival Travelling Showcase coming to Ballarat we have three double passes to give away to the film ‘Neon’, screening at the Ballarat Regent Cinemas on Saturday the 19th of September at 3pm.
To be in the running for a double pass, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Neon’ in the subject heading and your name in the email body. We’ll give passes to the first three.
1 July 2015 (revised)
A new project about bark canoes reveals a forgotten history of encounters between Aboriginal Victorians and settlers in the 1800s.
On the rivers of remote colonial Victoria, 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, mail and people.
A documentary and multimedia project, now live on Culture Victoria, explores this little known aspect of colonial history through a short documentary film, image gallery, audio interviews and three short educational essays.
The film was screened on the Big Screen at Fed Square every day from the 5-11 July 2015 as part of NAIDOC week 2015.