One Night the Moon

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One Night the Moon is the kind of film that gives you goosebumps.  Set in the 1930’s and inspired by the life of Indigenous tracker Albert Yang, the film tells the story of a young girl who wanders off from her home in the Australian outback and her parents efforts to find her.

This review is from SBS Television:

“Singer/songwriter Paul Kelly is one of Australia’s greatest and most prolific storytellers, so it was only a matter of time before he would put his stamp on the world of film. His first film as an actor – Rachel Perkins’ eloquent follow up to her acclaimed debut Radiance – has all the earthiness and sense of meaning that we’ve come to expect in his songs, and rates as a major triumph.

Told almost solely through music, and unfolded in the manner of a cinematic opera, One Night The Moon gets right under the skin of the Australian experience.

In the 1930s, a farmer and his wife (Kelly and Kaarin Fairfax) are distraught when their young daughter wanders into the bush and seemingly disappears without a trace. Even though search parties look fruitlessly, the bigoted farmer won’t let an experienced black tracker (Kelton Pell) onto his land to lead the search, and it’s up to his wife to turn the tide.

Though the story is told with an economy of words, it’s communicated with an extraordinary sense of feeling. The moving music (composed by Kelly, Kev Carmody and Mairead Hannan) drives the narrative, and the lucid, glistening cinematography by Kim Batterham frames it with striking clarity.

One Night The Moon is a potent combination of the lingering effects of history and the forceful immediacy of emotive music.”

You can see the original review here.

One Night the Moon
Rachel Perkins | Australia | 2001 | 54 mins

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