Dramatically Black - Sa Black Thing: Coasting

Dramatically Black - Sa Black Thing: Coasting
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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Clinton (Michael Tuahine) is sitting forlorn in a bar. He sees a pick-up truck drive by. Driving the truck is Crystal, the woman he met on the beach and whom he has suspected stole his precious laptop. Clinton breaks into a sprint, determined to retrieve his computer. Summary by Romaine Moreton.

This romantic comedy from writer–director Rima Tamou, explores the role cultural values plays in the romance between two Indigenous characters. Though a light-hearted film, the undertones of Sa Black Thing are embedded in the socio-economic status of Indigenous people within the Australian community, and how this socio-economic position plays on notions of identity and blackness. The film then becomes more about how wealth and materialism is perceived as being un-Aboriginal as evidenced when the lead female character Crystal (Kylie Farmer) accuses Clinton (Michael Tuahine) of being a coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside).

Tamou has also directed Best Foot ForwardLes RidgewayRichard BellSaturday Night, Sunday Morning, and Thancoupie. This program has also screened on NITV, National Indigenous Television.

Other films in the AFC Indigenous Branch drama initiative Dramatically Black are The Djarn DjarnsPlains EmptyGreen Bush (all 2005) and Crocodile Dreaming (2006).


Sa Black Thing synopsis

A romantic comedy about a young corporate businessman whose computer is taken by a woman he offends on the beach.

Notes by Romaine Moreton


Production company:
Core Films
Pauline Clague
Rima Tamou
Rima Tamou
Produced with the assistance of the Indigenous Branch of the Australian Film Commission