Warwick Thornton – Meth Kelly

<p><em>Meth Kelly</em> extends Warwick Thornton’s interest in negotiating the traces within colonial history, and the ongoing presence in  contemporary landscapes, of Indigenous Australians.<br><br>“The problem with our frontier, and the history of Australia – it was written by the people who were actually doing the shooting,” Thornton states. “So the copper is the one to actually write down what happened at a massacre. But he was the one with his finger on the trigger. No one believes the Aboriginal people about what happened. Sometimes, thankfully, some priest or some missionary wrote the truth. That’s our history.”<br><br>As a film director, screenwriter and cinematographer, Thornton has received numerous awards, including the Caméra d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and the IFA Cultural Film Award at the 2009 Berlin Independent Film Festival for his debut feature film Samson and Delilah (2009). In 2017 his feature film Sweet Country (2017) won Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.<br><br>Commissioned by the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020)</p>