Adrian Newstead OAM and the Board of The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation is delighted to invite you to its private screening of the feature film Emu Runner (one of three 2018 ABF grant recipients).
Your admission price will be used to support ongoing ABF programs.
Australian film Emu Runner had its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018 and its Australian Premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October. You can view a trailer of the film here.
Written by Imogen Thomas in consultation with Ngemba woman Frayne Barker, the film was set and shot in Brewarrina NSW.
Emu Runner tells the story of nine-year-old Indigenous girl, Gem Daniels (newcomer Rhae-Kye Waites), who lives in a remote Australian town. As she copes with her mother’s unexpected death, Gem finds solace in the company of a wild emu, unwittingly connecting with her mother’s traditional totem animal. This heart-warming and ultimately triumphant story plays out against the pressing issues and challenges that come from living in this isolated community.
The film stars actor/director Wayne Blair (Redfern Now, The Sapphires), Maurial Spearim (Wentworth, The Secret River), Georgia Blizzard (Home and Away, Thor: Ragnarok), Rob Carton (Chandon Pictures) and introduces a stunning cast of newcomers in Mary Waites, Letisha Boney, Lindsay Waites, Rodney McHughes and Stella Carter.
Positioned near the banks of the Barwon River, Brewarrina is the traditional land of the Ngemba, Murrawarri, Ualari, Weilwan and Baranbinja people. Before the British came, thousands of people visited Brewarrina for large corroborees in which each group's use of the stone fish traps was controlled by strict protocols. To this day the river continues to hold great significance as well as nourish its community.
You can view how the whole Brewarinna community was involved in the film here.
We look forward to seeing you at the screening of Emu Runner.
“Emu Runner is a film made with and for the Brewarrina community.”
- Writer/Director/Producer Imogen Thomas
“The film is so beautifully made – deceptively simple and yet with so many resonant layers of meaning. The photography is beautiful, and the script is spare, making every word meaningful. Rhae-Kye Waites as Gem is amazing – I've not been able to get her performance out of my mind.”
- Jane Schoettle, Toronto International Film Festival
“There is a point in everyone's life where a single moment can define the connection we all share through family. Emu Runner is about disconnection and reconnection through grief, love and success."
- Producer Victor Evatt
"My experience working on Emu Runner was exceptional. There was a real sense of family as we forged together to create this story.”
- Acclaimed actor and director Wayne Blair
The objectives of the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation are to promote, provide and carry out activities, facilities and projects for the benefit, welfare and well-being of Aboriginal communities throughout Australia and the members of those communities. The Foundation has a particular focus on supporting health and education projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists, which are undertaken to assist the youth, the aged and those who suffer from infirmity, disability, poverty or other disadvantageous social or economic circumstances.