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BeDevil, courtesy of Women Make Movies

SCREENING

BeDevil

Saturday, Aug 13 at 2:15 PM

July 30: Redstone
August 13: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. Tracey Moffatt. 1993, 90 mins. 35mm. With Jack Charles, Diana Davidson, Tracey Moffatt, Banula Maruka, Debai Baira, Pinau Ghee, Patricia Handy, Lex Marinos, Dina Panozzo. Celebrated visual artist Tracey Moffatt’s only feature film is a triptych of strange ghost stories rendered with a vivid staginess and dark humor. An Indigenous man recounts how the pervasive malevolence of a dead American GI’s presence is still felt by his fellow inhabitants of Bribie Island. The ghost of a young girl haunts a woman and her family along the desolate train tracks in outback Queensland. The spirits of a doomed Torres Strait islander couple refuse to leave a condemned warehouse, tormenting its owner. Each story is informed by recollections of childhood bedtime stories, drawn from the filmmaker’s Aboriginal and Irish heritages, and simmers with the underlying threat of violence that has surrounded so much of Indigenous experience historically. Influenced by the work of Masaki Kobayashi and other Japanese ghost films, it delights in an explicitly anti-naturalistic style.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this film may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.

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