Granny telling her story to Ngyamia (Ali Torres) in the kitchen is intercut with the story played out in flashback. We see the young Gilladi (Sabrina Sabaan) led by her Aunty (Annie Watson) to meet her promise husband Waamba (Robert Watson). Granny tells that she was shame (embarrassed), and ran away. We see the young Gilladi visited by her promise husband and watching him working with cattle in the stockyard.
Summary by Romaine Moreton
Promise, a short drama from Mitch Torres, is presented as a yarn in the kitchen between a grandmother and her granddaughter. The nanna tells her granddaughter the story of her marriage, a promise marriage that saw her go to live with her aunty to be prepared for marriage. Essentially, a love story that is told in the absence of the love interest – grandfather – but resonates as one of those moments that are a cherished memory.
A short drama about a grandmother’s tale of her promise marriage.
Notes by Romaine Moreton
This clip relates a grandmother’s story of her betrothal, known as her 'promise’ marriage. It opens with a shot of the grandmother, in flashback as a young woman meeting the man who has been chosen to be her husband and trying to get to know him after their first meeting. In the present time Granny is shown seated in her modern kitchen explaining the 'promise way’ to her granddaughter Ngyamia, who is preparing damper. The two women talk about love and Granny advises on the cooking of the damper.
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Her aunty leads young Gilladi to meet her promise husband. They are walking outside by a long line on which white sheets are flapping in the breeze. A young man is sitting in a chair. The young Gilladi runs away when she sees him.
Young Gilladi (in voice-over) This promise way happens between your family long before you are born.
Granny (Gilladi) is seated at the kitchen table telling her story to Ngyamia who is kneading dough.
Granny First time I bin see him I cut from fright. This kind of look I nearly fall along a river bank all from shame. Not real shame but same time I was thinking, ‘How stupid he must think I am? This fella sitting there’s my Waamba. Me, I just want to be a kid.’ Hey, stop beating that damper. It tastes rubbish. Too hard granny.
Ngyamia Then what, Gran? Did you love him?
Granny No, not right away. Maybe a long time after when your mummy was born, walking about. What that word 'love’? It’s a stupid word. I don’t think right word, that one. Maybe good feeling. He was hard fella, that one.
Cut to flashback of young Gilladi watching while the promise husband chats outside with her uncle, not even looking at her.
Young Gilladi (in voice-over) Sometimes he wouldn’t even talk to me when he come visiting Aunty and Uncle. He make me proper wild.
Back in the kitchen. Ngyamia carries the dough over to the oven.
Granny Put the damper long the oven.
In flashback, the young man rides a horse, mustering cattle in the stockyard while Gilladi watches.
Young Gilladi (in voice-over) Sometimes I’d wonder about what he’d think of me. I really didn’t know him at all. We were just thrown together and that was proper hard.
Back in the kitchen.
Ngyamia Hey, Gran! This damper look ready. What do you reckon? Take him out?
Granny Be careful. Give him good pat. Cut him up. Put him one side for your Waamba and he’ll stick by you.
As Ngyamia cuts the damper, we flashback to Gilladi handing a slice of freshly cooked damper to her promise husband.