In My Blood it Runs
Directed by Maya Newell
HotDocs 2019: World Premiere | NT Premiere
Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.
Presented by cast and crew
Sophie’s debut fiction film 52 Tuesdays (director/producer/co-writer) was set and shot every Tuesday for one year and won the directing award in World Cinema Dramatic at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her second film Animals, based on the acclaimed novel by Emma Jane Unsworth and staring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat premiered at Sundance in January and will release in 2019. Her first episodic series F*!#ing Adelaide, which she created, produced and directed screened at Berlin Film Festival and Series Mania in 2018 and screened on Australia’s ABC1 and was the most watched show made specifically for their Iview platform. She produced and co-directed the acclaimed feature documentary Life in Movement, winner of the Australian Documentary Prize in 2011 and the Cinedans Jury and Audience prizes.
She has been commissioned to make screen based work for the National Portrait Gallery, Carriageworks and the Art Gallery of South Australia. She also works as a Producer and believes strongly in nurturing new voices. She was recently mentor and executive producer on A Field Guide to Being A 12-year-old-girl, the directorial debut of Tilda Cobham-Hervey which won the short film Crystal Bear at Berlin Film Festival last year. She produced Matt Bate’s feature documentaries Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure and Sam Klemke’s Time Machine, which both premiered at Sundance. She produced the feature documentary In My Blood It Runs, directed by Maya Newell (Gayby Baby) which premiered at HotDocs in 2019. She has just finished production as creator/director/producer of The Hunting, a 4x1 hour series for SBS.
English, Aboriginal English, Arrernte