From Sand to Celluloid - Payback: Tomorrow payback

Title:
From Sand to Celluloid - Payback: Tomorrow payback
NFSA ID:
511515
Year:
1996
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons
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It is lockdown in the jail cells. The light falls across inmate Paddy (George Djilaynga) sitting on his bed and singing begins. Paddy looks out through the jail windows searching for the source. A spirit man (Charlie Matjiwi) walks down the corridor of the jail, towards the inmate’s cell. The spirit man enters the jail cell and tells the inmate tomorrow is the day for payback. Paddy clings to the wall, afraid.

Summary by Romaine Moreton

Warwick Thornton’s Payback is the story of the Western legal system and the Indigenous legal system. The concept of payback in this film suggests that Indigenous law is equally enforceable. Shot in black-and-white, Payback is one of Thornton’s earliest attempts at drama, his later dramatic works including films such as Green Bush and Mimi.

Payback Synopsis

A short drama about payback, the Indigenous traditional law system. After 20 years, Paddy (George Djilaynga) is released from jail into tribal law.

Notes by Romaine Moreton

Production company:
Blackfella Films
Producer:
Penny McDonald
Supervising producer:
Graeme Isaac
Director:
Warwick Thornton
Writer:
Warwick Thornton
Cast:
Peter Datjing, George Djilaynga, Charlie Matjiwi, Larry Yapuma
Acknowledgements:
Produced with the assistance of the Indigenous Branch of the Australian Film Commission