Copyright 2019 Change Media and Mulka Carving. Photo by Johanis Lyons-Reid

Formerly known as Black Screen, Nunga Screen features an entertaining program of independent films for all ages from emerging to the more established film-makers.  Inspiring docos, compelling dramas, quirky animation, contemporary to traditional storytelling – this film event is dedicated to bringing communities together to share in culture.

Taking place in NAIDOC Week this year, this free event will showcase 13 films across regional South Australia, from town halls, to cinemas to drive-ins.

From animation in Nganu and Tjilbruke: A Tale of Two Dreaming Heroes to documentaries to controversy in Mulka Man, Adnyamathanha Elder Roy Coulthard, the last wood carver of the Flinders Ranges who crosses traditional conventions to teach women the art of Mulka wood carving, to courtroom drama in Language Matters to primary school children’s films, each Nunga Screen film has been chosen for its originality, humanity and skill.

Across the films you will recognise well-known names that have paved the way for younger generations including Lillian and Elaine Crombie and Allan Sumner who share their wisdom and strength.

Don’t miss FREE event Nunga Screen this year during NAIDOC Week.

Inspired by the National Film & Sound Archive’s Black Screen program, Nunga (Aboriginal people of southern South Australia) Screen is presented by Country Arts SA and the ‘Give up Smokes for Good’ campaign from Drug and Alcohol Services of South Australia (DASSA), with support from the South Australian Film Corporation.

This year there’s a great selection of films, with something for everyone. Find out more about the films you will see at Nunga Screen below. *Please note that each screening might not screen all the films below, check with your local venue to find out their exact program.

A film by Christies Beach Primary School

Sing along to ‘We’re All in this Together’ with the students of Christies Beach Primary School, winners of the Reconciliation SA Schools Video Competition in 2019.

Running time: 1:55 mins | Rated G

Nganu and Tjilbruke: A Tale of Two Dreaming Heroes

Two Kaurna Nation dreaming heroes Nganu and Tjilbruke are at the centre of this animated short film for the whole family.

Developed through partnership between Monash University, Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi Aboriginal Corporation and South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools, in consultation with Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis O’Brien.

Running time: 9:50 mins | Rated G

Sibosado Brothers – A Portrait
A film by Bryan Mason, Closer Productions

Growing up in Lombadina, north of Broome, art has always been part of brothers Garry and Darryl’s life.  Known for their art practice of Riji – the traditional art of carving symbols and designs onto pearl shells, this beautifully shot film captures the artists at work as they prepare for a major Tarnanthi exhibition.

Running time: 4:10 mins | Rated G

Dusty Feet Mob – This Story’s True
A Tallstoreez / Change Media Production – Directed by Marika Davies and Johanis Lyons-Reid

Port Augusta’s Dusty Feet Mob have danced their way into the hearts and minds of audiences across the country.  Through the power of song and dance they tell stories of the Stolen Generation and help heal the hurt of the past.  Go behind the scenes with the young dancers as they prepare to perform to Archie Roach’s powerful song Took the Children Away.

Running time: 9:35 mins | Rated G

The Mulka Man
A Tallstoreez / Change Media Production – Directed by Marika Davies and Johanis Lyons-Reid

Meet the Mulka Man, Adnyamathanha Elder Roy Coulthard, the last wood carver of the Flinders Ranges.  With time against him, Uncle Roy is determined to see his tradition live on.  To do so he crosses traditional conventions to teach women the art of Mulka wood carving.  Journey with Uncle Roy on country from the rich ochre sands of Port Augusta to the stunning Flinders Ranges, as he passes his tradition to the next generation.

Running time: 8:22 mins | Rated G

Big Al’s Big Dream
A film by Clem Newchurch

Big Al’s Big Dream has come alive.  Earlier this year, Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna man Allan Sumner, a local artist who has dedicated his life to creating art as a legacy for his family, took the bold step of launching an Aboriginal cultural centre. Gain an insight into Allan’s tumultuous life journey, his love of creating art and his drive to bring community together.

Running time: 14:30 mins | Rated G

In this Together
A film by Westport Primary School

Congratulations to Westport Primary School, winners of 2020 Reconciliation SA Schools Multimedia Competition.  Students from pre-school all the way through to Year 7 came together to produce this delightful film which embodies this year’s National Reconciliation Week theme of ‘Coming Together’.

Running time: 6:29 mins | Rated G

Yunga Nungas
A film by Edoardo Crismani

Yunga Nungas changes lives.  This inspiring documentary gives voice to the young fellas in the Yunga Nungas youth justice program.  We hear first-hand how the structured activities, skills-based training and time spent with mentors, has provided participants with encouragement to break the cycle and look to a positive future.

Running time: 14:28 mins | Rated PG

Language Matters
A film by Edoardo Crismani

A role reversal comedy set in a courtroom where proceedings are delivered in Pitjantjatjara language. In this mock trial community are judge and jury while the actual Chief Justice of SA (in court for drinking too much coffee) plays the defendant, helpless with no understanding of the language being spoken and totally reliant on a translator.

Running time:  13:52 | Rated PG

Crombie Crew
A film by Edoardo Crismani

Lillian and Elaine Crombie are two strong Aboriginal women and successful artists across stage and screen.  Hear from this talented duo as they paint a portrait of their relationship as performers and as mother and daughter.   The Crombie Crew is playful and spirited and takes us to the very heart of Lillian and Elaine’s connection to each other.

Running time: 10:03 mins | Rated PG

A film by Pascoe Braun

On Christmas Day 1974 Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin. Cissie Muir Cubillo was a survivor. She remembers her beautiful Mother and celebrates her own incredible journey to a new life in Adelaide.  A true story of resilience, survival and love for family.

Running time: 15:00 mins | Rated G

Wirridji – Something bad will happen
A film by Stuart Martin and Tamara Whyte

Senior Ranger, Otto Campion Bulmaniya (Rembarrgna) in East Arnhem Land watches as the meteorological forces of Tropical Cyclone Lam and Aboriginal (serpent) totems rise in action. Otto explains that when caring for country is under threat, land, dreaming and lore work as one to reclaim country and restore the balance.

Running time: 5:00 mins | Rated PG

Stuck in time
A film by Stephen de Villiers

Howie was 15 when he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Recently released from prison and on lifetime parole, he is now dealing with lost time and life on the outside.  Howie is determined not to become a statistic. He has dreams and aspirations. Stuck in Time is his story.

Running time: 15:00 mins | Rated M

Nunga Screen is sponsored by Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia – Give up Smokes Campaign

Kaurna and Narungga first nation’s ambassadors for the Give Up Smokes campaign turned what was to be a Rundle Mall dance event earlier in the year (cancelled due to COVID), to a First Nations Flash Mob on film.  The message here is Give Up Smokes to breathe easier and dance longer.

Choreographed by Nikki Ashby.

Frankie Films.

Run time: 1:19 mins

This year we are excited to have some talented musicians, including some local performers, providing entertainment before, during the intermission and after the Nunga Screen film portion of the event. Meet the musicians below.

Karen Iversen
Performing at the Middleback Arts Centre on Nov 11

I am a Student Wellbeing Leader in a primary school in Whyalla who enjoys surfing, stand up paddleboarding and walking my dog in my spare time.

I have been playing guitar for 29 years and playing solo gigs since making that dream come true in Broome in 1996.  I have played gigs in Broome and Derby in WA, Tunarama in Port Lincoln, Surfarama at Yorke Peninsula, Soundbite in Ceduna where monies raised went towards the Fight for the Bite campaign and gigs in Elliston, Tumby Bay, Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Penong and Whyalla.

I have been writing my own songs for a number of years which originated from enjoying poetry writing at school. I am a Wirradjurri woman who is delighted to have been invited to perform at Nunga Screening!

Jordyn Doll
Performing at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre on Nov 10

Hi there, I’m Jordyn, I am 15 years old and currently in Year 10 at Grant High School. I am a proud Aboriginal person and my mob is from the Ngarrindjeri Nation. For as long as I can remember I have always been involved in music some way or another. From being a young child singing around the house, strumming my guitar and putting on music performances for family to playing in groups for school. Going into highschool my love of music has continued and I strive to be involved with as much performing as I can. I mainly play guitar and piano as well as singing, I usually perform pop / indie covers but I also play some original music too.

Eric Cook aka ‘Cooky’
Performing at the Chaffey Theatre on Nov 15

I am a Nunga Riverland local singer song writer from Loxton South Australia.

I have been playing the guitar for over 50 years; I learnt to play the instrument from my Dad my aunty and uncles from both sides of my family. I love the old-time country music, and those heart felt gospel songs, that get to your soul.

I’ve played in bands since the 80s, most notably Arafura C and Black Smoke. I loved playing in a band but now I’m a solo artist performing rhythm ‘n’ blues with a twist of country melody as I channel the late great Doc Watson and his finger picking style.

Playing the guitar is my thing and I have being able to do so around South Australia and across Australia; and encouraging up-and coming artists in music through youth theatre programs in the Riverland.

Some of my proudest moment have been performing at Australia Day Opening, here in the Riverland, and Harmony Day events with Multi Cultural group in the Riverland region.

Pre COVID you could catch me doing regular shows at the Loxton Hotel beer Garden, the Moorook MAD club, and other venues in the Riverland.

Nancy Bates
Performing at the Northern Festival Centre on Nov 9 and Port Augusta Institute Theatre on Nov 10

Nancy Bates is a Barkindji Woman, and an accomplished signer-songwriter.  She has been under the wings of national treasure Archie Roach for 3 years as a backing vocalist and gutarist for his wonderful songs and music. She tours nationally and internationally as a band member and support act.

In her own right, Nancy is a prolific vocalist and songwriter who caught the attention of Archie Roach and his Manager Jill Shelton in 2014. Archie Roach rates Nancy as one of the finest singer-songwriters in Australia, who deserves to be heard.

Nunga Screen 2020 is supported by

Sera Waters: Domestic Arts
  • Visual Arts

Sera Waters: Domestic Arts

19th March 2021 — 31st October 2021

This exhibition subverts and unravels the baggage-laden yet wondrous category of making once labelled ‘domestic arts’

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Raya And The Last Dragon
  • Film

Raya And The Last Dragon

13th April 2021 — 17th April 2021

Mild fantasy themes and animated violence

Presented by Country Arts SA

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony.

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