The Namatjira Project
An extraordinary first-hand account of the international battle to reclaim the artwork and heritage of one of Australia’s most important Indigenous figures: Albert Namatjira. The founder of what is now known as the Indigenous art movement, he became an international icon and was the first Indigenous person to be granted Australian citizenship. But Namatjira was never fully accepted by white Australia and, after being wrongfully imprisoned in 1959, he soon passed away, despondent and broken. In 1983, the Australian Government sold the rights to his work to an art dealer – despite Namatjira having left his art to his wife and children – sowing the seeds for a major conflict decades later.
Why You Should See This Film
Working with the Namatjira family, filmmaker Sera Davies takes us on a journey from the sun-blasted deserts of the Namatjira's Aranda homeland to the garish opulence of Buckingham Palace, as they fight to have Namatjira’s legacy returned to its rightful home. A captivating story of Australian race relations lensed through the bitterly contested history of one of our most venerated figures, The Namatjira Project is a powerful addition to the canon of both Australian documentary filmmaking and contemporary Indigenous culture.
Presented by Reconciliation New South Wales
Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week 2019 – themed 'Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage – join our friends at Reconciliation NSW for this special screening. Producer of The Namatjira Project Sophia Marinos will be in conversation prior to the film.
Please Note: Gift Passes and Film Club discounts are not redeemable for this special one-off session.
- Year: 2017
- Rating: M
- Director: Sera Davies
- Cast: Albert Namatjira
- Duration: 87 minutes
- Language: English