Black and Dusty: Finish

Black and Dusty: Finish
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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Cars race through the dusty outback. Warwick Thornton talks to camera about the preparation for the race and the need to just finish it. He also speaks about how at the age of 34 he belongs to the demographic that is the most susceptible to heart attack, and that Aboriginal men have heart attacks earlier than anyone else in the world.

Summary by Romaine Moreton

The film shows that participation in the race could be the starting point for transformation in the lives of young people who are susceptible to the health ailments that Thornton talks about in this clip.

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 Moreton

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