Wash My Soul in the River's Flow + Q&A
Presented for one day only with filmmaker Phillippa Batemen on hand live in the cinema to answer your questions, this beautifully rendered film about the renowned First Nations singer/songwriter partnership of Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter is also a triumphant love story told through song. Revered both in Australia and internationally (where the pair performed with everyone from Bob Dylan and Patti Smith to Sting and Billy Bragg) in 2004 Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter held some uniquely staged performances where their stories could be shared through spoken word and music. Called Kura Tungar — Songs from the River, the performances found them collaborating with Paul Grabowsky and the Australian Art Orchestra. The profoundly moving experiences presented in Kura Tungar - about being stolen as children, finding each other and returning to Country - were captured for the big screen in a cinematic celebration of love, survival and triumph that premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. Using footage that combines conversations, rehearsal preparations and the original concert’s opening night, the documentary interweaves breathtaking images of Hunter’s Ngarrindjeri country in South Australia. The result is a genuinely moving portrait of an incredible partnership and two individually beloved artists, exploring their music, its meaning and the significance of truly coming ‘home’.
Why You Should See This Film
Come and celebrate NAIDOC Week at Golden Age, knowing that a portion of all ticket sales from this special screening are being donated directly to the Aboriginal Legal Service of NSW/ACT. Lovers of Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter’s music will be delighted hearing their songs and deeply personal lyrics flying to fresh heights on the wings of some inspired contemporary interpretations. With Roach and Hunter centre stage, these astonishing versions were first premiered at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall and later at the Sydney Opera House. Besides poignant insights into their relationship to country and each other, are revelations about their craft and culture, love and tenderness, humour and resilience. Whether or not you witnessed the original concerts, luckily they were captured on camera and are here magically reimagined through the medium of film. Through stunning visuals, stories and song, you will understand why the original Kura Tungar production received a rapturous standing ovation and took out the Helpmann Award for the Best Contemporary Australian Concert. Backed by the 22-piece Australian Art Orchestra and respectfully interpreted within the modern jazz orchestrations of Paul Grabowsky, you’re invited to experience afresh Roach and Hunter's prowess as songwriters, communicators, ambassadors and cultural bridge builders.
PRESENTED BY GROOVESCOOTER
Please note: Gift Passes & Film Club Membership discounts can't be used for this special event session. All tickets are $25 for adults / $20 concession.
- Year: 2021
- Rating: PG
- Director: Philippa Bateman
- Cast: Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter
- Duration: 88 minutes
- Language: English