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½ July 15, 2016
A pretty depressing look at young Aboriginal Daniel's life in rural Queensland/NSW. He's surrounded by drugs, alcohol and violence and that's what he sees as "cool". It's easier said than done to stay and school and become better than your role models. The plot's pretty thin and there's no real coherent story, but there's some nice moments and a good ending with a pretty strong message.
½ January 26, 2014
An unflinching portrait of an Aboriginal boy's options in a small remote community.
December 21, 2013
Many layers, some inspiring, most bleak. Cautiously optimistic.
September 23, 2012
As if a documentary has been made by a poet, the brilliant Ivan Sen finds the sublime in the bleakest of circumstances. Toomelah is an open wound, the palpable cultural loss compounded by the elusive snatches of transcendent beauty in the landscape and in the faces which reflect back the profound loss.
September 22, 2012
An unrelentingly bleak personal tale of life on the Toomelah Aborigine mission (home to director Ivan Sen's mother), with a cast of non-actors and raw documentary style aesthetics (Sen self shot with a single DV camera using on board sound). There is a lot to admire in this film, Sen builds a compelling story (if a little too rough around the edges at times) and raises some difficult questions about life on the mission, but I can't help feeling that Sen's attempt at going for an almost dogme 95 level of naturalism hampers his attempts to emotionally engage his audience.
June 13, 2012
a bit hard to take but certainly a good film
November 15, 2011
Samson & Delilah > Toomelah
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