Manganinnie

Last updated

Manganinnie
Manganinnie 1980 Film.png
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by John Honey
Produced byGilda Baracchi
Written byKen Kelso
Beth Roberts (novel)
Starring Mawuyul Yanthalawuy
Anna Ralph
Music by Peter Sculthorpe
CinematographyGary Hansen
Edited byMike Woolveridge
Distributed byGUO
Umbrella Entertainment
Release date
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 15 August 1980 (1980-08-15)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryAustralia
Language English
BudgetA$481,000 [1] [2]

Manganinnie is an AFI Award-winning 1980 film which follows the journey of Manganinnie, a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman who searches for her tribe with the company of a lost white girl named Joanna. Based on Beth Roberts' novel of the same name, it was directed by John Honey and was the first feature film to be financed by the short-lived Tasmanian Film Corporation.

Contents

Synopsis

During the Black War of 1830 in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, Manganinnie survives a raid on her village. She finds the body of her husband, Meenopeekameena, and builds him a funeral pyre.

The grieving Manganinnie journeys across vast mountains and rivers towards the coast in search of the rest of her tribe. She finds Joanna, a lost white girl, along her way. The pair develop a bond for each other despite not having a common language. Manganinnie teaches Joanna some of her traditional knowledge, and eventually initiates her into her tribe.

Ultimately however, Manganinnie comes to realise that her people and way of life has been destroyed by encroachment from white setttlers. When Joanna is asleep, she carries the girl back to her family.

Joanna struggles to adapt back to life with her family. One day Manganinnie's body is found, and Joanna gives her old friend a traditional funeral using the lessons she has learned.

Production

Filming started 12 November 1979 and took five weeks. [2]

Filming locations

Reception

Despite the grim subject matter the film recovered its costs and made a small profit. [3]

Awards

See also

Postscript

Anna Ralph, who played the little white girl Joanna, is now an Associate Professor of infectious diseases working at Royal Darwin Hospital looking after patients, including Aboriginal peoples.

Related Research Articles

Aboriginal Tasmanians

The Aboriginal Tasmanians are the Aboriginal people of the Australian island of Tasmania, located south of the mainland. For much of the 20th century, the Tasmanian Aboriginal people were widely, and erroneously, thought of as being an extinct cultural and ethnic group that had been intentionally exterminated by white settlers. Contemporary figures (2016) for the number of people of Tasmanian Aboriginal descent vary according to the criteria used to determine this identity, ranging from 6,000 to over 23,000.

<i>Rabbit-Proof Fence</i> 2002 Australian drama film

Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film directed and produced by Phillip Noyce based on the 1996 book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. It is loosely based on a true story concerning the author's mother Molly, as well as two other Aboriginal girls, Daisy Kadibil and Gracie, who escape from the Moore River Native Settlement, north of Perth, Western Australia, to return to their Aboriginal families, after being placed there in 1931. The film follows the Aboriginal girls as they walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community at Jigalong, while being pursued by white law enforcement authorities and an Aboriginal tracker. The film illustrates the official child removal policy that existed in Australia between approximately 1905 and 1967. Its victims now are called the "Stolen Generations".

Truganini

Truganini was a woman incorrectly considered by European colonists to have been the last Aboriginal Tasmanian, although she was outlived by Fanny Cochrane Smith (1834–1905). Aboriginal Tasmanians maintain their culture and identity till the present day.

<i>Ten Canoes</i>

Ten Canoes is a 2006 Australian drama film directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr and starring Crusoe Kurddal. The title of the film arose from discussions between de Heer and David Gulpilil about a photograph of ten canoeists poling across the Arafura Swamp, taken by anthropologist Donald Thomson in 1936. It is the first ever movie entirely filmed in Australian Aboriginal languages. The film is partly in colour and partly in black and white, it is in docu-drama style largely with a narrator explaining the story. The overall format is that of a moral tale.

<i>Jindabyne</i> (film) 2006 Australian drama film

Jindabyne is a 2006 Australian drama film by third time feature director Ray Lawrence and starring Gabriel Byrne, Laura Linney, Deborra-Lee Furness and John Howard. Jindabyne was filmed entirely on location in and around the Australian country town of the same name: Jindabyne, New South Wales, situated next to the Snowy Mountains.

<i>The Jammed</i> 2007 film by Dee McLachlan

The Jammed is a 2007 film written and directed by Dee McLachlan.

The Fringe Dwellers is a 1986 film directed by Bruce Beresford, based on the 1961 novel The Fringe Dwellers by Western Australian author Nene Gare. The film is about a young Aboriginal girl who dreams of life beyond the family camp that sits on the fringe of white society.

<i>The Love Letters from Teralba Road</i>

The Love Letters from Teralba Road is a 1977 Australian short film directed by Stephen Wallace. In 1980 David Stratton called it "not only the most moving love story given to us by the Australian cinema, but also probably the best featurette of the decade."

<i>Samson and Delilah</i> (2009 film)

Samson and Delilah is a 2009 Australian drama film directed by Warwick Thornton and starring Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson, both young first time actors. It was filmed in and around Alice Springs. Described as a "survival love story" by the director, the film depicts two indigenous Australian 14-year-olds living in a remote Aboriginal community who steal a car and escape their difficult lives by going to Alice Springs. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, winning the Caméra d'Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The film also won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Film in 2009. Screen Australia announced on 29 September 2009 that the film had been nominated as Australia's official entry in the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category.

Gilbert John Brealey was an Australian television and film director, producer and writer.

Jo Kennedy is an Australian actress, singer, film director and screenwriter.

<i>We of the Never Never</i> (film)

We of the Never Never is a 1982 Australian drama film directed by Igor Auzins and starring Angela Punch McGregor, Arthur Dignam, John Jarratt, and Tony Barry. It is based on the 1908 autobiographical novel We of the Never Never by Jeannie Gunn. It was nominated for five AFI awards and earned one award for best cinematography.

<i>Journey Among Women</i>

Journey Among Women is a 1977 Australian film directed by Tom Cowan.

Bruny Island Tasmanian, or Nuenonne ("Nyunoni"), a name shared with Southeast Tasmanian, is an Aboriginal language or pair of languages of Tasmania in the reconstruction of Claire Bowern. It was spoken on Bruny Island, off the southeastern coast of Tasmania, by the Bruny tribe.

The Tasmanian Film Corporation was a Tasmanian statutory corporation founded 1977 to replace the Tasmanian Government Department of Film Production.

<i>The Nightingale</i> (2018 film) 2018 Australian Western film directed by Jennifer Kent

The Nightingale is a 2018 Australian Western film written, directed, and co-produced by Jennifer Kent. Set in 1825 in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, the film follows a young female convict seeking revenge for a terrible act of violence committed against her family. It stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, and Baykali Ganambarr, and was filmed mostly in English, with some Irish and Palawa kani.

<i>Mabo: Life of an Island Man</i> 1997 film by Trevor Graham

Mabo: Life of an Island Man is a 1997 Australian documentary film on the life of Indigenous Australian land rights campaigner Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Mawuyul Yanthalawuy AM is an Indigenous Australian educator and actor.

Rebe Taylor is an English-born Australian historian and author specialising in southeast Australian indigenous peoples and European settlement.

References

  1. Connolly, Keith (1994). Oxford Australian Film 1978–1994. Oxford University Press. Page 62
  2. 1 2 David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p320
  3. David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p35
  4. afi.org.au – AFI AWARD WINNERS: FEATURE CATEGORIES 1958–2010 Archived 19 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine