Karrabing Film Collective: 'Lunch Run'

Image of a still from the film Nyudj Calling (Karrabing Film Collective, 2020)

Five young bored indigenous kids fiddling on their phones go looking for ‘Quinton’ who has walked to Milik. Their father tells them to be careful of ‘walakantha’, little short people who can take any form and take people far into the bush never to be seen again: “You might think it’s Quinton but it’s not.” Distracted by their phones they set off to sounds of hip hop. On the way to Milik, calamities pile up as they sight an unresponsive Quinton taking them further and further into the bush, until one of the kids is lured away with the promise of a brand new iPhone and endless reception in the deep scrub.

Karrabing Film Collective
2020 (in production)

About the artists

Karrabing Film Collective is an indigenous media group based in Australia’s Northern Territories that uses filmmaking and installation as a form of grassroots resistance and self-organisation. The collective includes approximately 30 members, predominantly living in the Belyuen community, who together create films using an ‘improvisational realism’ that opens a space beyond binaries of the fictional and the documentary, the past and the present. Shot on handheld cameras and phones, their films touch on cultural memory, place and ancestry, exposing the longstanding colonial violence that impact members directly, such as environmental devastation, land restrictions and economic exploitation.

The Karrabing Film Collective has presented its work at IMA Brisbane; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Jakarta Biennale; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Tate Modern, London; Documenta 14, Kassel; Berlinale, Forum Expanded; and Biennale of Sydney; among others.

Further resources

Still from a film by the Karrabing Film Collective, 'Lunch Run'

Ancestral Spirits Calling

'Neither good indigenous subjects performing an authenticity that colonialism attempted to eradicate, yet which is nonetheless still expected of them, nor good indigenous activist filmmakers expected to use their filmmaking for militant advocacy, the Karrabing’s film work is more about existence-making for themselves.' —Maria Walsh on 'Lunch Run' Read more...