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Green Bush

Warwick Thornton; Thornton, Warwick; Page, David; Shelper, Kath; Jangala, Ted Egan; Martin, Jean; Wayne, Leo; Kanopy (Firm)
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Every night, Indigenous radio announcer and DJ, Kenny, hosts the Green Bush show for Aboriginal communities. Isolated at the station, he takes requests for music, while at the same time coping with the pressure of the community around him. Based on his own experiences as a radio DJ in Alice Springs in central Australia, Warwick Thornton (later director of the award-winning feature, Samson and Delilah) made an international impact with this graceful and powerful short drama. At one level, the film explores the role of the media in Aboriginal communities where the radio station serves as both a physical gathering-place as well as providing a musical and verbal bond that connects disparate segments of the community. But through the story of Kenny, played by David Page, the film also comments quietly and effectively on concepts of manhood, leadership and community responsibility. “A film that crackles with the music of politics, humanity, ideas and humour as it tells the story of a man's daily struggle to sustain his fragmented community and keep the pain at bay”. - Berlin International Film Festival notes. [Winner- Best Short Film, Panorama Section, 2005 Berlin Film Festival ; In competition - 2005 Sundance Film festival] --Kanopy.
Director
Warwick Thornton
Performers
David Page, Ted Egan Jangala, Leo Wayne, Audrey Martin.
Release Date
2005
Language
English
Series
The CAAMA Collection
CAAMA Collection
Credits
Warwick Thornton, writer/director ; Kath Shelper, producer.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Ronin Films in 2005.
Publisher no.
1048105 Kanopy
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Description
1 online resource (1 video file, 26 min. 25 sec.) : digital, stereo., sound, color.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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