One Night the Moon

one-night-the-moon-original-soundtrackThis beautiful one hour feature film is a musical drama about a child who goes missing. It is Australian and has a rural 1930s setting, based on a true incident of that era. The crux of the story is that the child’s father will not allow any Aboriginal people on his land, including the experienced black tracker who the police have brought along as a matter of course.

It is not only the feature itself, starring Paul Kelly, Kelton Pell, Kaarin Fairfax and Ruby Hunter, which could be used as a supplementary text, but the soundtrack lyrics. In fact, the film begins with a scene which could be treated as a separate video clip, with Paul Kelly performing a song which forshadows the tragedy to come in the story.

Early on in the film the piece “This is My Land. This land is Me” is performed by the two male protagonists as they move in opposite directions on the land.

Filmed in the Flinder’s Ranges, One Night the Moon uses several cinematic techniques which accentuate the power of the landscape.

Watch for religious imagery in this film, including a Sunday church scene, then the farmer killing a lamb.

The writers are John Romeril and Rachel Perkins. Perkins is also the director of the film.

For more information see Senses of Cinema “This Land is Mine/ This Land is Me” : Reconciling Harmonies in
One Night the Moon
by Fiona Probyn and Catherine Simpson (updated 26/05/2010). You can also download clips from Australian Screen.

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