Black and Dusty: Water

Black and Dusty: Water
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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Alfred George, Warwick Thornton, Willy Orr, Ethan Dagg and Winmati Morris talk about what the first half of the race was like. Children play on the parked bikes.

Summary by Romaine Moreton

The Finke Desert Race is a competition that tests the will and strength of the competitors. The possibility of getting the younger people involved is one of the motivations for the older participants.

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