Minnie Loves Junior will screen at the Saraton Theatre tomorrow.
Minnie Loves Junior will screen at the Saraton Theatre tomorrow.

Capturing unique film

WEDNESDAY night will see the Saraton Theatre's silver screen come alive with Aboriginal film and there is still time to be part of the experience.

The Black Screen short film festival - a travelling show from the National Film and Sound Archive (NSFA) brings examples of Aboriginal film-making to audiences in rural, regional and remote areas and it is Grafton's turn tomorrow night.

Black Screen coordinator Andrea Briggs said although the original RSVP cut-off was yesterday, the overwhelming response had prompted organisers to move the screening to the main auditorium and invite more guests.

"We only had 150 seats originally but now we've got 450 - at the moment we've got 250 people confirmed so there's still plenty of room," Ms Briggs said.

Ms Briggs said the response had been overwhelming, particularly when the event only attracted about 40 people last year in Grafton.

The three films on offer tomorrow night are Jandamarra's War, Minnie Loves Junior and the Daly River.

Jandamarra's War, directed by Mitch Torres, follows the tale of Aboriginal warrior Jandamarra who led a rebellion against invading pastoralists in the late 1800's.

Minnie Loves Junior, directed by Andy Mullins, is a poignant story about young love in a small seaside fishing village.

Tales from the Daly River, directed by Steven McGregor, is a cautionary story about an Aboriginal boy exploring his identity and place in the world.

The Black Screen Short film festival kicks-off at Grafton's Saraton Theatre from 6.30pm tomorrow night.

Anyone wishing to attend the film festival must RSVP to Andrea Briggs on andrea.briggs@nfsa.gov.au by no later than 3pm today.



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