Director discusses Australia’s Aboriginal history at Thessaloniki Film Festival


The award-winning director, Warwick Thornton has spoken upon the harsh history of Aboriginal people in Australia following the premiere of his film ‘The New Boy’ at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

Thornton’s film ‘The New Boy’ stars Australian actress Cate Blanchett, according to News24/

Thornton, who is known for films like “Sweet Country” and “Samson & Delilah,” serves as an important voice for indigenous storytelling, offering different perspectives which are rarely seen in mainstream cinema. 

His latest film, “The New Boy,” explores a young Aboriginal orphan’s encounter with a nun in 1940s Australia, revealing the clash between cultures and the threat to balance.

Warwick Thornton and Kate Blanchett
Kate Blanchett stars in Warwick Thornton’s new movie, The New Boy. Photo: Ron Foley.

In an interview with, Thornton discusses the importance of giving voice to those who need to be heard.

“I come from a very small Aboriginal tribe in the desert of central Australia,” he said. 

“I’ve been lucky enough to learn how to make movies and be able to get money to make movies, and I think it’s incredibly important that if you have the opportunity to show something, it’s from the heart and has a voice.” 

“I consider it important to try to give a voice to the voiceless, which are my people.”

Warwick Thornton
The Australian director, Warwick Thornton. Photo: Screen NSW.

Thornton further reflected on the significance of Indigenous cinema in challenging traditional narratives and educating audiences about Australia’s complex history of oppression.

Through collaborations with actors like Cate Blanchett, Thornton aims to amplify Indigenous voices on the global stage, advocating for recognition and understanding amidst ongoing societal challenges.

Source: News24/ 




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