‘The inflatable screen taking Indigenous film back to the Top End’
The festival is ambitious in scope. But Torres Strait Islander dancer and comedian Ghenoa Gela insists the mission matters. “Stories can actually help people,” she says, in the nearby country town of Katherine. “If you see something similar to your own story there on the big screen, you find a sense of validity in yourself. It can shift your perception.”
The Weekend Australian
‘Top End Films On The Road’
Guy says it’s a format that suits the Territory: casual, free, outdoors. But it also comes with a sense of occasion. The big screen is a novelty in many of the places the festival takes place. “There’s a real focus on it returning to the audiences it was intended for, or is about, but (who) don’t get to see (it) — or if they do it’s on computers.”
The Sunday Territorian
‘Lighting up the silver screen ’
The whole thing about making films in the Northern Territory is, of course, that one of the main characters in all of these films is the country itself and the land itself.