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We Don't Need a Map by Warwick Thornton and Brendan Fletcher (Barefoot Communications)
In We Don’t Need a Map, director Warwick Thornton boldly goes where very many have gone before: the significances of the constellation of the Southern Cross. Behind its banal and jaded modern existence as a patriotic totem, he finds a rich Indigenous prehistory and an implicit rebuke of settlement mythology, not to mention a unique astronomical personality.
In heavier hands, the tale might still have come off as a lecture or sermon. Thornton wrings his enquiries of all their subversive energy with what turns into something like a road movie, from the pristine skies of Arnhem Land to the tattoo parlours of Kings Cross — to which some, disturbed by the symbol’s co-opting, have repaired for the purposes of having their Southern Cross markings removed.