Screen: Black

Sydney Film Festival is proud to continue our partnership with Screen Australia's Indigenous Department.

Since 2013, the Festival has showcased 20 inspiring titles directed by Indigenous filmmakers to enthusiastic audiences – just over 7,500 people. Almost 50 Indigenous creatives, from across the country, have travelled to Sydney to present their films and meet filmmakers from Australia and overseas.

Two Indigenous directors, Ivan Sen and Dylan River, will be premiering their latest productions in this year's Sydney Film Festival: Goldstone and Black Chook.


'Goldstone is about us, and our cultural crossroads. The first screening of the film anywhere in the world will be in Sydney, at home on our country, on country, where it should be.' – Ivan Sen

'Sydney Film Festival will be the first screening for Black Chook. A personal story for writer Bruce Pascoe that has become a personal story for me.' – Dylan River

'Ivan Sen's Goldstone is a sophisticated thriller supported by an all-star cast that delves head first into the issues bombarding Aboriginal people today. He has not shied away from the complexities around the search for identity, the impacts of poverty and the destructive forces of mining, in this beautifully crafted feature. Once again Screen Australia is proud to support these Screen: Black presentations.' – Penny Smallacombe, Screen Australia Indigenous Department.


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Short Film

Black Chook

They were Australia's bad days. Men killed other men and laughed. All that was left for the children of the dead was to remember – if they had the strength.


Australian auteur Ivan Sen (Mystery Road, SFF 2013) takes us on a thrilling journey in the world premiere of Goldstone, an ambitious and stunning outback noir that is perfectly executed.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: AFTRS Black Talk – A Double Bill; Indigeneity and Australian Screen Storytelling

Two panels showcasing leading creative voices, prominent Indigenous auteurs and filmmakers discussing their craft and storytelling approach.