We were all extremely shocked and saddened by the sudden passing last year of wonderful visionary and inspirational actor, musician and creator, Balang Lewis. He visited the Deckchair several times in recent years and made a lasting impression on us all with his good humour and passion. He was much more than an actor in film, but also an interpreter of Shakespeare …appearing as the lead in local productions of Othello and King Lear – interpreted through Indigenous eyes. His music is a beautiful combination of styles, and very calming to hear.
He was a great collaborator with other artists – and the Walking with Spirits Festival at beautiful Beswick, working with elders and non indigenous artists, was a truly memorable and unique experience.
We'll be listening to his music from 6 pm, screening short films from 7.30 pm and screening Red Hill at 9.30 pm.
Short Film Program:
- Yellow Fella - documentary he wrote about his experiences coming from a mixed heritage background. Directed by Ivan Sen. First Australian indigenous documentary ever selected for Cannes.
- Undiscovered Country - Uncle (Lewis) inflicts an impromptu visit on his wayward nephews, imposing two cultural traditions — one literary, one personal.Wacky reinterpretations of Shakespeare are a dime a dozen. But the idea of Indigenous teenagers pondering Hamlet on a magnificent rocky outcrop in the Pilbara is certainly mind-boggling. This could have been heavy-handed and strained, but in writer-director Tyson Mowarin’s stunningly beautiful 20-minute film Undiscovered Country, the words from the play sit lightly in a screenplay spare in dialogue but rich in visual and sonic storytelling, with cinematography by Torstein Dyrting ACS (NB Torstein grew up in Rapid Creek) , and a warm, round musical score by David Bridie.
- Crocodile Dreaming - directed and written by Darlene Johnson is a modern day supernatural myth about two estranged brothers – separated at birth and with two different fathers.
- They Live in Forests, They Are Extremely Shy - dir Saeed Taji Farouky Won best film + best actor Canberra FF 2016 Balang was particularly proud of this work – and most keen for it to be screened at the Deckchair.
50% of every ticket sold will go to Djilpin Arts, a project that was close to his heart.