A film honouring Aboriginal Diggers
Coming Home tells the story of a families yearning to know what happened to brothers Cyril and Rufus Rigney.
Both brothers set off from their community of Raukkan, Point Macleay Mission in South Australia and join the
Great War and fight for country.
Victor Koolmatrie interviews his mother Verna and together they recall a journey to Ypres, Belgium. The story is beautifully remembered and effortlessly told by Ngarrindjeri Elder Verna Koolmatrie, she tells us of a chance meeting with a kind and friendly stranger with a generous heart
and how he helped their family find peace.
Sunday 23 April
6pm for 7pm screening
Raukkan Town Hall, Raukkan, South Australia
Soup and damper served prior to screening
SPECIAL ANZAC DAY SCREENING
Tuesday 25 April, 3pm
Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide
Stay after the screening for a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Allan Collins ACS Cinematographer Artist in residence and lead mentor
Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin Creative Producer and mentor
Kiara Milera Post Production Assistant
Isaac Lindsay Research Assistant
Victor Koolmatrie Interviewer
Verna Koolmatrie Storyteller
Lara Damiani Editor and mentor
FILMS BEING SCREENED IN CONJUNCTION WITH COMING HOME:
Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense
Afghan/Aust. (2013) Tom Abood. 4 mins
This Tropfest finalist is a first person shot video in the form of a letter to his parents from then solider, Tom Abood. In the poignant work, Tom reflects on why he’s fighting Australia’s latest war in Afghanistan and how deep is the call of home.
The First ANZAC Day
Australia (2015) Ash Starkey. 60 mins
This documentary explores a little known fact about ANZAC day; it began in Adelaide with the union movement’s renaming of the Eight Hour Day public holiday. This documentary also traces the formation of the Adelaide recruited 10th Battalion, which was amongst the first ashore at Gallipoli
Australia (1999) Richard Franklin. 28 mins
This award winning short tells the story of the director’s uncle, Harry Saunders, who fought in World War Two in the hope that his actions would help Aboriginal Australians gain citizenship.
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