NAIDOC Week and City of Parramatta Council
Starring Wayne Blair and Rhae-Kye Waites
Featuring a post screening Q&A with director Imogen Thomas and cast member Lindsay Waites
In an outback NSW town a young Indigenous girl forms a very special bond with a wild emu, in a unique Australian story of love and loss.
Director Imogen Thomas’s debut, made over 15 years, in close collaboration with the Indigenous community of Brewarrina in Western NSW screens at Riverside in celebration of NAIDOC Week.
Newcomer Rhae-Kye Waites shines as Gem, a nine-year-old girl who deals with the grief of her mother’s death by secretly befriending a wild emu. However, her need to source tasty snacks for her new friend, and her absence from school, attract the attention of family and authorities. Gem’s loving father (played by Wayne Blair, The Sapphires) is at a loss to know how to handle his wayward daughter.
A lyrical and poetic film grounded in social realism and emphasising the importance of Country, community and storytelling, Emu Runner is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Awards and Accolades
Nominee – Grolsch People’s Choice Awards
Toronto International Film Festival- Discovery Program 2018
Nominee – University of SA Feature Fiction Competition
Adelaide Film Festival 2018
Nominee – NETPAC Award for Best Asian Pacific Film
Hawaii International Film Festival 2018 – Pacific Showcase
Winner – PKF Best Australian Independent Film Award – Peer Award
Gold Coast Film Festival 2019
PG – Mild themes and coarse language
Dates & Times
Sunday 14 July 2019 at 7pm
Free, bookings essential
“The film is so beautifully made – deceptively simple and yet with so many resonant layers of meaning. The photography is beautiful, and the script is spare, making every word meaningful. Rhae-Kye Waites as Gem is amazing – I’ve not been able to get her performance out of my mind.” – Jane Schoettle, International Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival
“Emu Runner is an incredibly special and multi-layered film. At its surface, it is a heartwarming and gentle family film with the infectiously charming new young talent in Rhae-Kye Waites, while providing an insightful commentary on contemporary Australia and the disconnect between the hearts of community and the impassionate mechanics of bureaucracy.” – Amanda Duthie, 2018 Adelaide Film Festival CEO and Artistic Director