Emu Runner

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Emu Runner is a lyrical story about the impact a mother's death has on an Aboriginal family living in an isolated community, which is perched on an ancient river and surrounded by sprawling plains. The story is seen through the eyes of Gem, a spirited 8-year-old girl, who deals with the grief of her mother's death by forging a bond with a wild emu, a mythical bird of her ancestors. This spiritual dreaming is a bond she will do anything to keep, but one that puts her at odds with the new social worker.


Critic Reviews for Emu Runner

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

  • Thomas has made a deep, rich meditation on family, community, country and racial tensions that strides well beyond its girl-meets-bird logline. Flightless the Dromaius novaehollandiae may be, but "Emu Runner" soars.

    Jun 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Eddie Cockrell

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  • While unapologetically a story about an Indigenous Australian family in crisis ... Emu Runner tells a bigger story about how family and the natural environment have a grounding function ... when we are at our weakest, most fragile, and vulnerable.

    Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps the film's greatest fault is that it takes more than it gives back, leaving one to wonder how Emu Runner would have fared under the direction of an Indigenous filmmaker.

    Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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