Essay about Analysis Of The Movie ' Yolngu Boy '

1557 Words Oct 13th, 2014 7 Pages
Today’s world is familiar with Australia and the cultural significance it shares, from bushranger to beach boy these representations are effortlessly displayed. However, amongst the glorious beaches and harsh deserts making a perfect canvas for film, stands another minority that are quite often forgotten. Like with many countries over the globe, Australia has an Indigenous race, made up of those people who were there long before settlement. Misunderstood and misrepresented this race has been often ignored, however the last decade has seen these people and their lifestyles come out of the shadows and perfectly exhibited, in Australian film. Beginning in 2001, non indigenous director Steven Johnson released the culture conflicting film, Yolngu Boy, story of three Indigenous boys caught between the modern world and aboriginal tradition. Seven years later came Warwick Thornton’s, Samson and Delilah, followed by Bran Nue Dae, work of Rachel Perkins, both with Indigenous heritage. The three film sensations together tell their own tale of Aboriginal life, in different ways and perspectives. Using common themes such as addiction, vagrancy and xenophobia, it is the cinematic precision and cultural enrichment offered in all three films that brings to life the subdued Indigenous race in Australia.

For those familiar with the Australian Aboriginal story, there is no question that suppression is the biggest problem they were subject to face. With a culture that was their own for well…

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