A Riverside Presentation and Project by Big hArt
Playreading and Documentary Screening
Albert Namatjira was Australia’s most iconic Aboriginal watercolour artist and the first to achieve commercial success, but his story is hardly known. Spend a day at Riverside comparing texts with our Namatjira playreading and documentary screening. This unique opportunity to further explore the play and the man will prove invaluable for your students.
Written by Scott Rankin in consultation with the Namatjira family
The moving story of Albert Namatjira (1902 – 1959) resonates today as strongly as it did 50 years ago, providing a lens through which we can see the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians past and present.
Directed by Lex Marinos and featuring a cast of professional actors this rehearsed playreading celebrates the legacy of one of Australia’s best loved artists.
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: NAMATJIRA PROJECT
Directed by Sera Davies and created with the Namatjira family
Almost 60 years after Namatjira’s death his family are seeking to regain copyright of his works. Together with the Namatjira family and art and social justice organisation Big hART, filmmaker Sera Davies takes you on a journey from the sun-blasted deserts of their Aranda homeland to the lavish opulence of Buckingham Place.
An extraordinary firsthand account of the international battle to reclaim the artwork and heritage of Albert Namatjira.
Daytime sessions of the documentary feature a post-screening Q&A with Sophia Marinos (Big hART Producer).
Classification: M – Occasional coarse language
Dates & Times:
PLAYREADING (GENERAL PUBLIC AND SCHOOLS)
Tuesday 6 March at 10am
Wednesday 7 March at 10am & 6pm
DOCUMENTARY (GENERAL PUBLIC AND SCHOOLS)
Tuesday 6 March at 1pm (Includes Q&A)
Wednesday 7 March at 1pm (Includes Q&A) & 8:30pm
Photo by Pastor SO Gross/ Courtesy Strehlow Research Centre
Suitable for Years 10 – 12
FROM THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
As a current curriculum text for English that remains on the prescriptions for 2019 onwards, we thought this rarely done production needed to be given a new life beyond the page. The timing was brilliant, being that a documentary on Namatjira has just been released, made in conjunction with BIGhART, the producers of the original theatre production. This combination will give students an excellent context for studying this play.
Download the Curriculum Links here: Namatjira Playreading Curriculum Links
Download information on how to book here: How to Book
Download Riverside’s Risk Assessment here: 2018 Risk Assessment
Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside
For teacher resources relating to the documentary visit namatjiradocumentary.org/education/ including the ATOM Guide