Warwick Thorton.

Thornton’s Sweet Country wins prizes at international film festivals

ABORIGINAL director Warwick Thornton and his film Sweet Country have had a major win at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. It came just days after taking the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Sweet Country was named as the Toronto Film Festival’s Platform winner, a prize championing directors from around the world. The film is set in the Northern Territory’s MacDonnell Ranges in the 1920s and stars Hamilton Morris as an Aboriginal stockman who kills a white station owner (played by Ewen Leslie) in self-defence. The cast also includes Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Natassia Gorey-Furber and Matt Day. Sweet Country was written by Alyawarra man David Tranter and Steven McGregor, who made the documentary Servant or Slave. It will premiere in Australia next month at the Adelaide Film Festival ahead of a planned national release next year.

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Men’s cricket squad gearing up for England

The national Indigenous men’s cricket squad in Brisbane.
Thursday, 14 September 2017 3:05 pm

AUSTRALIA’S most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian, who next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

Parrtjima festival to light up Alice Springs

Artist Hubert Pareroultja. Picture: James Horan for AGB Events
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 1:31 pm

A NEW installation and expanded program of events has been announced for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, the celebration of central Australian art and culture illuminating Alice Springs from Friday, September 22, to Sunday, October 1. The festival hub Apurte-irretyeke (Getting Together) will come to life with live talks, events and music. In addition to the installations and illumination of the MacDonnell Ranges, Medicine Space (Awelya-akerte Apmere [Medicine Country]) is a new installation featuring artwork by Artists of Ampilatwatja.

Barty through to third round at US Open

Ashleigh Barty.
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 3:07 pm

Ashleigh Barty is into the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open Tennis Championships in New York after beating Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1 7-6 (9-7). Barty breezed through the first set but was pushed to the limit in the second, winning after a hard-fought tie-break. She earlier defeated the 21st seed, Croat Ana Konjuh, in three sets. Barty and Casey Dellacqua will play their first doubles match tomorrow.

Call to put an end to NT Intervention

Dr Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra.
Friday, 25 August 2017 3:38 pm

A GROUP of eminent Australians is calling on the Federal Government to end discriminatory policies in the Northern Territory. Their statement says that 10 years of the NT Intervention is too long. Yolngu Elder Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra will be one of the speakers at an event at Melbourne  University Law School on Monday, August 28, along with former NT Australian of the Year Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, supporting a statement illustrating the continuing discrimination, racism and lack of justice towards Indigenous people.

Ash Barty on the rise after beating Venus Williams

Ashleigh Barty in action.
Thursday, 17 August 2017 2:13 pm

Ash Barty has soared 10 places to 48 in the latest Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings as she continues to enjoy a stellar 2017 season. The rising young Indigenous Australian from Ipswich, Qld, last night knocked over American legend Venus Williams in the round of 32 at the Cincinnati Masters in the United States. Barty beat the former world No 1 6-3 2-6 6-2. Barty has been mixing it with the world’s best players in recent weeks and looks certain to rise even higher in world rankings.

Hundreds demand justice for Elijah Doughty

Marchers place hand marks on the windows of Parliament House, Perth.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:13 am

Hundreds of protesters have marched to Parliament House, Perth, demanding justice for Kalgoorlie teenager Elijah Doughty. The 14-year-old boy was fatally run down in August last year and the man responsible received just three years’ jail after being convicted last month of dangerous driving causing death. The decision has been labelled an injustice, with ongoing protests held around the nation.

National Indigenous Music Awards winners named

Briggs and Trials from A. B. Original with Dan Sultan show their NIMA awards.
Sunday, 13 August 2017 3:23 pm

Troy Cassar-Daley, A.B. Original (featuring Dan Sultan) and Electric Fields took home major honours at the 2017 National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin last night. But is was tributes to the late Dr G Yunupingu, the NIMA’s most awarded artist over its nine-year history, that blew the crowd away at the open-air award concert, which included speeches, dances and a performance by Saltwater Band.

South Australian artists take out top Telstra award

Telstra Art Award winners Anwar Young, Frank Young and Unrupa Rhonda Dick with their artwork.
Saturday, 12 August 2017 4:11 am

South Australian artists Anwar Young, Frank Young and Unrupa Rhonda Dick have taken out the top prize at the 2017 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, announced on August 12 in Darwin. Their multimedia collaborative work Kulata Tjuta – Wati kulunypa tjukurpa (Many spears – Young fella story) was chosen as overall winner of the 34th Telstra awards from 300 entries and 65 finalists. The artwork, which tells of the Anangu (Central Australian Aborigines), comprises 37 spears, digital print, wood, kangaroo tendon, and kiti (natural glue).

International Day of World’s Indigenous People marked

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 5:09 am

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People has been marked around Australia. It is observed each August 9 to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The day also recognises the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues, such as environmental protection.

Yindjibarndi win exclusive title rights in Pilbara

Yindjibarndi lawman Michael Woodley.
Friday, 21 July 2017 12:29 pm

BILLIONAIRE Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is likely to lodge an appeal after the Federal Court recognised a native title claimant group has exclusive rights over Pilbara land where the company operates the Solomon iron ore mine. Senior Yindjibarndi lawman Michael Woodley said traditional owners deserved compensation. “We believe strongly they are liable for what they’ve been doing for the last eight years on our country, mining without our … prior and informed consent,” he said. FMG chief executive Neville Power said the company was likely to appeal.