Black and Dusty: Better than watching

Black and Dusty: Better than watching
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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A map shows the path of the Finke Desert Race, starting in Alice Springs to the community of Finke 229 kilometres away. The racers stop for the night, then do the return ride the next day. Bernard Singer, Jamie Nyaningu and Warwick Thornton talk about why they got involved in the race.

Summary by Romaine Moreton

A local event that some of the older riders use to get the younger generations motivated and involved in something. In this case, it is a race across the desert.

Black and Dusty Synopsis

A documentary about the Indigenous participants of the 2005 Tattersalls Finke Desert Race.

Curator's Notes

The Finke Desert Race tests both the body and the mind in putting the contestants through a gruelling race from Alice Springs to the community of Finke 229 km away. The contestants stay overnight and then do the return trip the next day. The race itself may seem innocuous, but the older participants speak of inspiring younger people to get involved in something and life itself.

There is lots of footage of vehicles tearing through the dusty outback, and its great to watch a film of this genre and hear Indigenous languages – in this case Southern Arrernte and Luritja. A film for those addicted to speed and dust.

Notes by Romaine Morton

Production company:
CAAMA Productions
Rachel Clements
Writer - director:
Vance Glynn
Ethan Dagg, Winmati Morris, Jamie Nyaningu, Willy Orr, Bernard Singer, Warwick Thornton and Steven Tranter