Emu Runner

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Emu Runner


Venue

Raffertys Theatre

Dates

14 July 2019

Event Type

Cinema Screening

NAIDOC Week and City of Parramatta Council
EMU RUNNER
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


Classification
PG – Mild themes and coarse language

Dates & Times
Sunday 14 July 2019 at 7pm

Tickets
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


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NAIDOC Week: Emu Runner

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with our special screening of this lyrical and poetic film starring Wayne Blair. Invite your friends and plan your night out at the cinema!

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Ticket Options

ALL TICKETS $Free
Transaction fees apply
Screen $1.65

Duration

1 hour 35 minutes (No interval)


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