Darwin International Film Festival Program Launch 24th August

To launch our 2017 Festival Program, DIFF is hosting a special free night at the iconic Deckchair Cinema. Come along to discover the stellar line up of international films, special events, special guests, workshops and more for out 2017 festival!

The Program Launch will include live entertainment, short films and a free screening of WE DON”T NEED A MAP - the provocative new documentary by celebrated NT director and DIFF alumni Warwick Thornton.

About the Film

In 2009, Warwick Thornton’s Samson and Delilah won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and he was nominated for Australian of the Year. When asked at a press conference what his main concern would be if he received Australia’s highest honour, he replied, “that the Southern Cross is becoming the new Swastika”.

Seven years later, Thornton takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation’s astronomical, colonial and Aboriginal history to the present day.

For Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual, a connection vividly expressed in stories from North East Arnhem Land, Katherine and the Central Desert. By contrast, the star-adorned Eureka Flag was emblematic of protest and defiance from its first appearance, a quality that caused it to be adopted by activists, and lately, the darker side of Australian nationalism.

Shot by Thornton and his filmmaker son, Dylan River, this poetic essay-film features interviews with tattooists, rappers, astronomers… and bush puppets.

We Don’t Need a Map doesn’t shy away from the tough questions about the place of the Southern Cross in the Australian psyche, but Thornton’s cavalier spirit and inventive filmmaking skilfully balances the provocative and the pleasurable.

Featuring tracks by AB Original’s Adam Briggs and leading Aussie rock-punk acts such as The Drones, Frenzal Rhomb, The Saints and Rowland S Howard, the film is a bold statement from the first frame.