Nice Coloured Girls: Captains

Nice Coloured Girls: Captains
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons
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An intoxicated man sways before the camera. Three Aboriginal women walk into a games parlour in seedy Kings Cross. They sit at a table and check out the other patrons. Subtitles tell us about 'Captains’ – men who can be tricked into paying for their night out. A drunken white man approaches the women and eventually takes a seat at their table, offering them cigarettes.

The tongue-in-cheek title of Tracey Moffatt’s first film positions Aboriginal women as naïve and 'nice’ but these are merely roles played by the women.

Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most successful visual artists and is credited as being the first Aboriginal woman to make a feature film.

Her other audiovisual work includes Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (1989), BeDevil (1993), Heaven (1997) and Lip (1999). Moffatt’s photographic works include Something More (1989), Scarred for Life (1994), GUAPA (Good Looking) (1995), Up in the Sky (1997), Under the Sign of Scorpio (2005), Portraits (2007) and Doomed (2007), a collaboration with Gary Hillberg. A retrospective of Tracey Moffatt’s work opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2003.

Moffatt appears in the 1988 documentary Boomalli: Five Koori Artists talking about art and politics.

In 2017 Moffatt was selected to take part in the Venice Biennale with her exhibition MY HORIZON.

Summary by Romaine Moreton.