Sunny and the Dark Horse screening

Monday, 9 November 2015


Arc Cinema
National Film and Sound Archives, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Australian Capital Territory

AIATSIS Chairperson Professor Mick Dodson AM will introduce a special screening of Sunny and the Dark Horse as part of the Canberra International Film Festival. This is a rare screening of the 16mm print of the documentary classic from 1987, by David and Judith MacDougall.  

Sunny and the Dark Horse is a delightful foray into “ethno-fiction” in which the filmmakers facilitate a charismatic Aboriginal stockman from northern NSW, in telling his own yarn about his love of horses and the picnic race circuit.  One of many outstanding films made by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS) Film Unit, that were at the cutting edge of documentary practice world-wide. This screening is a small recognition of the national and international importance of this body of some 30 remarkable films.

The MacDougalls were scrupulous about filming only at the invitation of Indigenous communities, and with their involvement at every level.  Sunny and the Dark Horse is a great example of this approach, especially in its light-hearted tone which very much reflected the spirit of the main character Sunny Bancroft.

To buy tickets or for more information, visit the Canberra International Film Festival website

Last reviewed: 7 Apr 2017