A middle aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying old white mother till the mother dies.



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Cast overview:
Marcia Langton ...
Agnes Hardwick ...
Old Mother
Jimmy Little ...
Alkira Fitzgerald ...
Young Daughter
Elizabeth Gentle ...
Young Mother
Liam Wridgeway ...
Shaun Saunders ...


A middle aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying old white mother till the mother dies.

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Short | Drama





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26 September 1990 (USA)  »

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This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »


Royal Telephone
Performed by Jimmy Little
Courtesy of Festival Records Pty. Ltd.
Arranged by H. Connors, R. Henry, and J. Ross
Courtesy of Belinda Music
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a passionate rejection of the realism and the romantic locationism of classical Australian cinema.
22 October 2004 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

Tracey Moffatt's Night Cries is a horrifying short film that exposes a sombre Australian story. Obviously a sequel to Charles Chauvel's "Jedda"(1955), an older Aboriginal 'Jedda' takes care of her dying white (step mother). Jimmy Little appears at the beginning, middle and end of the film - pivotal points in the narrative. Like the main Aborignial woman, Little represents the assimilation process that changed the Aboriginal people. The artificial studio setting is unique compared to much of Australian cinema which is dominated by rural outback imagery. The mountain backdrop echoes the landscape viewed from Jedda's house in "Jedda" (1955), and also the paintings of Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira - another example of an Aboriginie changed by the assimilation process. His watercolour works were completely different to the traditional dot paintings. Overall Moffatt has created a moving and haunting film, despite its short length.

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