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Rewards For The Tribe

Directed by Rhys Graham
91 minutes
All Ages
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A visually beautiful and heart-warming documentary tracing the first collaboration between acclaimed contemporary dance companies Restless Dance Theatre – a troupe of dancers with disability – and genre-defying Chunky Move.

The film moves between thoughtful, playful interviews with the performers, and the process of developing this major new work led by choreographer Antony Hamilton. As the group explores movement and expression, they also question the myths of physical perfection. The film’s director, Rhys Graham (Words from the City, SFF 2007), worked closely with the two dance companies and assistant director Jana Castillo, a dancer living with disability. Made in association with Bus Stop Films, this is a joyful, kinetic ode to the rewards of rethinking dance, perfection and harmony.

Limited seats are available for patrons requiring access for wheelchairs, low vision and hearing loop. Please contact our ticketing team directly on 1300 733 733 or tickets@sff.org.au to complete your booking.

Special Guests

Rhys Graham
Director, Screenwriter
Rhys Graham is an award-winning Australian filmmaker. His documentary features Murundak – Songs of Freedom and Words From the City has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at Seminci and FIFO, and numerous AFI and AACTA nominations. He;d also been a writer for the Netflix series The Unlisted, which one the Youth Jury Prize at Prix de Jeunesse in 2020.
Philippa Campey
Philippa Campey is a film producer. Through her production company Film Camp, she has produced many critically acclaimed features and documentaries. Campey debut drama Galore premiered at Berlinale in 2014, and the following year she directed the doco-drama The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul, which one the jury prize at Sundance 2015.

Films showing at this event:

Gerelee, a Deaf teenage girl, decides to follow her dreams and audition for a dance company, despite her father’s protests.


Fri 7 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
Assisted Listening
Audio Description
Auslan Interpreted
Close Captioned
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
Assisted Listening
Audio Description
Auslan Interpreted
Close Captioned
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
All Ages
In English
Rhys Graham
Philippa Campey, Molly O'Connor
Rhys Graham
James Wright
Delaney Murphy
NSW Premiere
Australian Films, Documentary, Dance, Disability
Company Credits
Production Company: Film Camp
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