A man tells his daughter he is going to the pub. Melanie (Alyssa McClelland) is waiting for her friends to pick her up and take her to the dance. A car pulls up. Three youths step out and want to purchase petrol. The man tells them that he wants to see the money first. The youths show him the money, after which he refuses them service. Perry (Jie Pittman) hits him with the barrel of a shotgun. Elvis (Luke Carroll) helps himself to the till and whatever else he can scrounge. He is interrupted by Melanie (Alyssa McClelland). The car speeds off along the highway.
Summary by Romaine Moreton
A somewhat violent introduction to all of the main characters in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. We get the sense that Melanie is existing in a rather volatile environment with her single father (Peter Browne), and is suddenly caught up it the drama of three youths desperately trying to abscond from their own predicament.
A short film based on a story by Archie Weller, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning is the story of a robbery gone wrong, an unplanned kidnapping and its consequences. A young white girl is kidnapped by three youths – two black, one white.
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning almost qualifies as a case of Stockholm Syndrome, with the relationship between the kidnap victim and the kidnapper Perry (Jie Pittman) depicted as a romantic one. Melanie (Alyssa McClelland), the daughter of a single parent, seems adrift, when she is suddenly caught up in the drama of a kidnapping. The character Perry prevents Willy (Sam O’Dell) from raping her, and for this she is thankful. The empathy shared by Perry and Melanie is framed as a possible romance that disrupts the relationship between the two cousins, Perry and Elvis (Luke Carroll). The film offers few answers or a resolution as to what the experience means to Melanie, and in the end what is presented is perhaps a possibility of characters trapped in an experience from which all are seeking some form of liberation.
Other films in the AFC Indigenous Branch drama initiative Crossing Tracks (1999) are Harry’s War and Wind.
Notes by Romaine Moreton