Waiting For Harry
Saturday 28 October @ 1.00pm | Arc Cinema| $16/13
1980 | CTC | 56 mins| Australia | D: Kim McKenzie
This session honours the work of the late Kim McKenzie, an internationally renowned ethnographic filmmaker from Canberra. This session is presented in association with AIATSIS.
This unusual film, focussing on political negotiations as much as on ceremony, made it one of the most celebrated of the films produced by the former Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS). It’s the story of an Arnhem Land community where ceremonies for a deceased relative are being prepared. Approval is needed from a senior family member, Harry, who lives in town where he is pre-occupied with a court-case. Harry’s continuing absence puts huge pressure on the other family members who must wait at the ceremonial site.
Preceded by YORKY BILLY (1980), a 17-minute portrait of an outback character.