The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the Southern Hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it has been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven in to the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people. The Southern Cross also features significantly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scientific and geographical knowledge systems.
One of Australia’s leading film-makers, Warwick Thornton, tackles this fiery subject head-on in this bold, poetic essay-film. We Don’t Need a Map asks questions about where the Southern Cross sits in the Australian psyche. Imbued with Warwick’s cavalier spirit, this is a fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape.
Join us during National Reconciliation Week for a screening of We Don't Need a Map. Watch the trailer online.
Light refreshments from 5.30pm in the Hedley Bull Atrium. Film screening from 6.15pm in Hedley Bull Theatre 2.