Ten Canoes (PG)
  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Dutch-Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer has directed a stunning triptych of films in tandem with Aboriginal screen icon David Gulpilil – Ten Canoes is the middle part of this body of work. Each of the films investigates a very different facet of Indigenous culture and De Heer has said of this unofficial trilogy that he sees himself as the conduit through which Gulpilil’s stories are told. The very notion of a storyline is perhaps inapplicable to a worldview in which the distinction between past and present is blurred, in which thousands of years can pass and the nature of people's lives remain precisely the same but this film creates a beautiful, funny, haunting world which washes over us as viewers.

Dir. Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2006, 91 minutes, subtitled.

Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
Date: Monday 25 October 2021
Time: 19:00
Tickets: standard £6 / concessions £4

Free for University of Plymouth students as part of SPiA (Student Participation in Arts).

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21 October 2021 – 27 February 2022

The award-winning Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition has been entirely conceived and curated by a team of First Australians, led by Margo Neale, Senior Indigenous Curator at the National Museum of Australia and custodial elders from the Central and Western Deserts of Australia.

The exhibition features over 300 paintings and objects by more than 100 artists shown across two venues, The Levinsky Gallery and The Box. Songlines takes visitors on an epic journey that traverses three states, three deserts and some 500,000 square kilometres, travelling from west to east: to places in the deserts of the Martu, the Ngaanyatjarra and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) peoples. Using the power of contemporary art, performance, song, photography and multimedia, the exhibition shares ancient stories from the world’s oldest continuing culture.

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Seven Sisters Songline 1994 by Josephine Mick, Ninuku Arts © the artist/Copyright Agency 2020. Image: National Museum of Australia

Seven Sisters Songline 1994 by Josephine Mick, Ninuku Arts © the artist/Copyright Agency 2020. Image: National Museum of Australia

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