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Road trip along the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival

Do you need some inspiration for your next road trip? How about a road trip with an outdoor cinema included at each stop? Consider following the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival and you’ll see a great deal of the Northern Territory along the way.

The Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival

The Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival (NTTFF) celebrates and showcases outstanding short film, television and video productions from the NT. These films capture the stories, culture and landscape and the people who call it home.

Fourteen short and medium length films and documentaries will be shown across nine locations from the far north of the Northern Territory and into southern NT to Yulara.

Ooraminna Station Homestead

Ooraminna Station Homestead. Courtesy of the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival

Here are some fast facts and descriptions of what you can see and where, between March and August 2020.

Short films

Bernard’s Dream (length unlisted)
Bernard Tipiloura’s dream is to bring back the once-famous canoe festival between Bathurst and Melville Islands.
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Li-Maramaranja – Dugong Hunters of Excellence (14 minutes)
Li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers join forces with marine researchers to catch and study dugongs in the Gulf of Carpentaria, with the help of modern science and traditional cultural knowledge.
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In My Skin (5 minutes)
Via animation, this short film tells the story of Aboriginal woman Elliana Lawford’s moving tale about shedding her cultural shame.
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Nhulunbuy. Courtesy of the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival

My Art My Culture (various lengths)
A series from Barkly Regional Arts, showcasing local artists of the Barkly region. Gladys Anderson; a Tennant Creek artist, who paints the one event of the year she loves the most, the Tennant Creek Show. Ruth Dawson; a landscape artist, who mainly paints ‘Kunjarra’ land, or also known as ‘The Pebbles’, which is her mothers’ land. Lindy Brodie; talks about her ANZAC painting and her being inspired to give a different spin on her usual work.
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Saltwater Secrets (27 minutes)
Once a mud crab fisherman, Lloyd Beck picks up his swag, hooks up his boat, and heads off to revisit the saltwater country that has both sustained and inspired him.
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Tayamangajirri (25 minutes)
Set in Wurrumiyanga, on the Tiwi Islands, this documentary follows patrollers Janey Puautjimi and Camilla Timaepatua as they work through the night to ensure that the local kids are off the streets by 9pm and ready for school the next day. Tayamangajirri is a story of looking out for each other while inspiring and engaging the community’s next generation of leaders.
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TJ Go Home (5 minutes)
When a UFO descends in front of the Youth Centre, ten-year-old TJ, sitting outside in Time Out, must tackle the problem on her own.
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Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek. Courtesy of the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival

Utopia Generations: (26 minutes)
Cowboy Loy Pwerle, traditional “boss” of Mosquito Bore and Arlparra, Utopia, NT, is worried about his grandson, who is seemingly lost to the perils of urban life in Port Augusta.
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Burdiflawa (5 minutes)
Ngukurr Artist Gwenneth Blitner describes her unique painting style and love of colour and country.
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Djuwalpada (14 minutes)
Yolŋu songman Daniel Wilfred performs all over the world with his voice and biḻma (clapping sticks). Here he travels with his uncle David Wilfred to share his manikay (ceremonial song) with students and the Australian Art Orchestra.
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Telling Story Project (length unlisted)
Telling Story is a social and emotional wellbeing project incorporating digital storytelling with narrative therapy practices. The inaugural Telling Story project was held in the remote community of Kalumburu in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
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Edith Falls

Edith Falls. Courtesy of the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival

Feature length films

In My Blood It Runs (84 minutes)
This film follows Dujuan, a good hunter who speaks three languages, as he tries to balance a traditional education with a western education and life in between. The film was shot across multiple locations over three years through a deep and collaborative process between the filmmaking team and the family.
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Not Just Numbers (60 minutes)
An inspirational documentary about the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group. They want to be seen, not just counted.
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Homeland Story (84 minutes)
Homeland Story is an intimate portrait of Donydji, a small Indigenous community in North East Arnhem Land. The film also tells a remarkable story of cross cultural co-operation over nearly fifty years.
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Dates, locations & price

If you’re keen to see some or all of these films, check out the dates and locations below and start planning a travelling film festival road trip of your own!

The season runs over 10 dates from 14 March 2020 through to 5 August 2020, starting at Ooraminna Station Homestead, near Alice Springs. Other locations include Yulara, Tennant Creek, Nitmiluk, Edith Falls, Mataranka, Nhulunbuy, Jabiru and Darwin. Pricing varies between $10 per person to $16 per person.

Nitmiluk Gorge

Nitmiluk Gorge. Courtesy of the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival

So whether you stay close to home or are out on the road, there are a number of locations and dates to choose from, allowing you plenty of opportunities to schedule at least one outdoor cinema session in!

Find out more about each film, each screening location, screening dates, how to get there, what to bring and more, by visiting the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival website:

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