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Warwick Thornton's The Darkside was developed from a national callout for Indigenous ghost stories. Submitted by black and white Australians, Thornton narrowed down more than 150 stories into 13 to make this film. The filmmakers recorded these stories, told firsthand, and the documentary combines three of these original audio recordings with monologues performed by 10 of Australia's leading performers.

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A unique and thoroughly enjoyable exploration of real Australian and Torres Strait Islander's experiences of the chilling and unexplainable . . .
12 February 2015 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

As a lover of *interesting* "horror" and "thriller/chiller" films and also being a person who often stays up quite late, I was lucky enough to see this on free-to-air TV, and geez, was I impressed!! The actors chosen to tell the personal tales of real people (most of whom are/were Aboriginal Australians) were TERRIFIC as were the stories themselves, which, while ranging from deeply moving to somewhat humorous to downright spooky, were also filmed beautifully; the set-up of the camera(s) - focusing on the actor and not moving - lent an eeriness to the film, and, whether digitally imposed or not, I SWEAR I saw figures (very faint figures) moving occasionally in the background of the shot (in at least two, MAYBE three of the stories; now how often can we say with modern "chillers" that we're not SURE if we saw a ghost/figure etc.??) Really, a sign to me of great and fun filmmaking!! On another, very relevant, note, it is TERRIFIC to see *so many* of our beloved Aboriginal (and white) actors together in one film, as well as a few actors who, until now, were unknown to me, whether because they are new to film or because they are stage actors (I'm too poor to get to the theatre as often as I'd like - and *ought to*!! 😞) I HIGHLY recommend this film and I applaud the makers for setting out to tell the stories of Aboriginal Aussies on the subjects of death, spirits & spirituality and, of course ghosts and "hauntings". What *I* learnt from this film is that MANY of our First Australians have a very unique and respectful way of remembering, approaching, and sharing stories of those who've passed on. 5 Stars - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Chaqille Nikita - Melbourne, Australia.

PS. In my opinion, the most "scary" and emotional story was the true and quite distressing recollections of Dr Romaine Moreton, a Goenpul, Jagara and Bundjulung woman (of Stradbroke Island and Northern NSW.) While researching materials at the National Film and Sound Archives she was housed in the building adjacent to the NFSA - the former home of Sir Colin MacKenzie, a white man who had studied, examined and dissected the remains of Indigenous Australians, before stealing their remains and displaying them at home and abroad (in Great Britain, for example.) And before the Archives moved into their current building (the one that Dr Moreton was studying in,) it was the Australian Institute of Anatomy - Sir Colin's "office", if you will, and the building housing the unburied remains of so many Indigenous people. As she tells her story of discovering this (shameful) history in the very space she was working in, it is easy to empathise with her and to understand how she experienced her own horrific haunting, the details of which you will discover for yourself! Hopefully . . .

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