THE BURNT CORK
In 1950s rural Australia, Matthew and his wife live on a remote sheep station. Their quiet lives begin to unravel when it is discovered that Matthew has fathered a child to an Aboriginal woman who lives on the station. When a policeman arrives at the station, Matthew must choose between admitting he is the father and saving his child from being taken or remaining silent and saving his marriage.
'The Burnt Cork' is a 9'26min drama, that explores the isolation, insecurities, shame and fear, that frequently resulted in secret unions between white men and Aboriginal women in regional Australia; and prevented men from acknowledging the children born of these unions. The film is set during the time of the Stollen Generations, and aims to shed light on this period of Australian history.
The film was one of only four projects to receive Metro Screen's First Break General Funding in 2010 and has since received an outstanding response from festivals around the world.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Available to view through broadcast on SBS TV Australia, Shorts International and pay-perview website Indiflix
OCT - Cockatoo Island Film Festival, NSW, Australia
MAY- Shorts Film Festival Adelaide, SA, Australia - WINNER BLACK SHORTS AWARD
MARCH - WOW Film Festival, NSW and Touring Festival , Australia
JAN - Shed Cinema, VIC, Australia
DEC - Bahamas International Film Festival, Bahamas
NOV - Show Me Shorts, Wellington, New Zealand
SEP - Canberra Film Festival, ACT, Australia
JUNE - Jurassic Lounge at Australian Museum, NSW, Australia
MAY - Cannes International Film Festival, Short Film Corner, France
MAY - St Kilda Film Festival, VIC, Australia - Nominated for SBS Award & Best Indigenous Film
MAY - Dungog Film Festival, NSW, Australia
Writer/ Director: Alexandra Edmondson
Producer: Cassie Kelly
DOP: Dan Freene
Editor: Adrian Chiarella