The effect of colonisation upon the Aboriginal populations in Australia lead to a devastating impact on the land, culture and psyche of the race, which remains present today. The arrival of the British Empire to conquer and settle and the subsequent declaration of terra nullius of Australia displaced the Aboriginal peoples from their native landscape and bore witness to a battleground. Today this landscape bears no such history of its colonial past but holds witness to these sites of trauma and memory.
After the crow flies (2016) focuses on and is narrated by Clarrie Cameron, an Aboriginal Elder, who explores and introduces the landscape that is so pertinent to the Aboriginal cultures. The film takes place in Western Australia and we journey towards the Western Desert. There he recounts the stories of the effect of colonisation on his peoples, navigating through the stark landscape of Western Australia, that has shaped modern day Australia.
After the crow flies (2016), has been filmed on Super8, as part of the organic nature of the project and to subvert the nature of Anthropological films.
The film has been selected for the BAFTA recognised Aesthetica Film Festival 2016 and screened at the Whitechapel Gallery, London in 2017 and at Ikon Gallery Birmingham in 2018.
This film has been made with the support of WACRH, City of Greater Geraldton, Mid West Development Commission and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia.