Directed by: Warwick Thornton 2017 | 85 min.

Section: Pacific Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


Sponsored by:

Pacific Islanders in Communications

In 2009, Warwick Thornton's SAMSON AND DELILAH won the Camera d'Or at Cannes and he was nominated for Australian of the Year. When asked at a press conference what his main concern would be if he received Australia's highest honor, he replied, "that the Southern Cross is becoming the new Swastika.”

Seven years later, Thornton takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day. For Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual, a connection vividly expressed in stories from North East Arnhem Land, Katherine and the Central Desert. By contrast, the star-adorned Eureka Flag was emblematic of protest and defiance from its first appearance, a quality that caused it to be adopted by activists, and lately, the darker side of Australian nationalism.

Produced by Brendan Fletcher (MAD BASTARDS) and shot by Thornton and his filmmaker son, Dylan River, this poetic essay-film features interviews with tattooists, rappers, astronomers… and bush puppets. WE DON'T NEED A MAP doesn't shy away from the tough questions about the place of the Southern Cross in the Australian psyche, but Thornton's cavalier spirit and inventive filmmaking skilfully balances the provocative and the pleasurable.



Wednesday, November 08 7:45 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Friday, November 10 3:00 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Warwick Thornton
Screenwriter Warwick Thornton
Producer Brendan Fletcher
Cast Adam Briggs, Bill Harney, Dee Madigan, Baluka Maymuru, Bruce Pascoe
Cinematographer Warwick Thornton

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