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It is sometimes claimed that Tracey Moffatt is the first Indigenous director of a feature film (BeDevil, 1993). The same claim has also been advanced for Brian Syron, in respect of Jindalee Lady (1990). It might perhaps be relevant that the three stories making up BeDevil are quite separate, so it is arguably a collection of three short films. Tracey Moffatt is best known as an art photographer.
Nice Coloured Girls (Tracey Moffatt, 1987) wr. prod. Tracey Moffatt; Women's Film Fund, Australian Film Commission; short, 17 min.
Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (Tracey Moffatt, 1989) Marcia Langton; v. Scott Murray, article in Cinema Papers, 79, May 1990: 18-22; short, 16 min.
beDevil (Tracey Moffatt, 1993) prod. Anthony Buckley; avant-garde trilogy of ghost stories, claimed to be the first major feature from an Indigenous director, Tracey Moffatt; Mister Chuck; Choo, Choo, Choo; Lovin' the Spin I'm In; 90 min.
Wikipedia entry for Tracey Moffatt
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