NAIDOC Week Film Screening

Next date: Monday, 11 July 2022 | 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Angels Gather Here

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Angels Gather Here follows Jacki Trapman's journey back to her hometown of Brewarrina in the north-west of New South Wales, to celebrate her parents' 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Going home is never easy, and for Jackie it means facing the traumas of her past, her own personal struggles to survive grief, loss and addiction to become the strong university-educated Ngemba woman she is today.

The film provides a unique insight into the lives of one Aboriginal family over five generations and how past government policies continue to impact on Aboriginal people today.

Ultimately the film celebrates the resilience of the Trapman family. Their inspiring story symbolises the strength, dignity and resilience of many Aboriginal people in the face of adversity.


Cheeky Dog is a delightful portrait of young Tennant Creek artist Dion Beasley. Dion Beasley is an Indigenous teenager who is deaf and has muscular dystrophy. He lives with his family in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. With help from his teachers and carers, including Joie Boulter, Dion is encouraged in his skill at drawing, particularly drawings expressing his fascination with dogs.

Joie and others launch the successful Cheeky Dog label in Darwin, using drawings by Dion on T-shirts and other product, with royalties going back to a trust fund set up for Dion's benefit. Dion's family hope that this business will create security and financial stability for his future. At the same time, the designs are a striking vehicle for Dion's distinctive talent and his sense of humour.

This delightful portrait of Dion and his talent is laced with charming sequences in which his drawings are animated.


Ringtone is a beautiful, funny and surprising film about the place of mobile phones in a contemporary Indigenous community. In a world where everyone has a mobile phone, a personalised ringtone can say a lot about you.

Welcome to the once-remote Aboriginal community of Gapuwiyak in northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, where individual ringtones reveal rich insights into lives of the Yolngu people.

From ancestral clan songs, animal calls and birdsongs to hip hop artists and gospel tunes, a Yolngu ringtone always comes with a great story. It might be the music a young woman dances to in a city nightclub, or a clan song invoking memories of ancestors and country.

Yolngu people are renowned as first-rate storytellers with a keen sense of humour. In Ringtone, various individuals talk directly to camera as they reveal the advantages and perils of their new connectivity. 

This is a free event however bookings are essential.

NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held from 3-10 July 2022.

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When

  • Monday, 11 July 2022 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent Street, Cessnock 2325  View Map

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