We Don't Need a Map

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The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. Ever since colonization it's been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn't even a cross--it's a totem that's deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people. One of Australia's leading film-makers, Warwick Thornton, tackles this fiery subject head-on in this bold, poetic essay-film. We Don't Need a Map asks questions about where the Southern Cross sits in the Australian psyche. Imbued with Warwick's cavalier spirit, this is a fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape.


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  • The film manages to achieve that unique tone of Australian self-deprecation tempered by frustration but resolutely remaining positive about the future.

    Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…

    Eddie Cockrell

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  • Warwick Thornton's documentary about the numerous facets of Australian life that have attached themselves to the Southern Cross is a deceptively astute and free-wheeling journey into unknown histories and an unconsidered present.

    Jan 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Levity is an easy takeaway in a documentary that manages to address a broad range of pressing contemporary discussions on race, history and identity.

    Jul 23, 2017 | Rating: Recommended | Full Review…
  • An entertaining gonzo-style doco about the history and meaning of the southern hemisphere's most iconic constellation.

    Jun 30, 2017 | Full Review…
  • [It] plays like the film version of a pub debate, with different voices and loud opinions bouncing in all directions.

    Jun 19, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The first stanza of "We Don't Need A Map" is a furious, energetic, punk rock f*ck you, that kicks the audiences arse with a collision of styles and content.

    Jun 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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