Thursday, 23.05.2019 at 7:30pm
The opening screening followed by a Q&A with Soda_Jerk, the directors and producers of the film, and will be moderated by Bartholomew Sammut from XPOSED International Queer Film Festival and Esra Özban from Pembe Hayat KuirFest.
OV/English with Turkish subtitles
Terror Nullius (Australia 2018, 54 min)
Part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, Terror Nullius is a world in which minorities and animals conspire and not-so-nice white guys finish last. Where idyllic beaches host race-riots, governments poll love-rights and the perils of hypermasculinity are overshadowed only by the enduring horror of Australia’s colonising myth of terra nullius.
Having received its name from the Latin expression “terra nullius” which means “nobody’s land”, Terror Nullius is a political revenge fable which offers an un-writing of Australian national mythology. It works entirely within and against the official archive to achieve a queering and othering of Australian cinema and draws attention with its extraordinary formal style as well as its anti-colonial and feminist content. Composed of three parts, the film transforms the minorities from the Australian cinema history into avengers and rebels by creating critical images that expose the crimes in question, thanks to its deconstructive editing that changes contexts.
Program curators Esra Özban and Esma Akyel says:
“Terror Nullius, which is an example of queer cinema that draws attention with its extraordinary formal style as well as its anti-colonial and feminist content, “terrorizes” the colonial history of Australia and its own cinema and television history by instrumentalizing it through the use of mashup technique. Composed of three parts, the film transforms the minorities from the Australian cinema history into avengers and rebels by creating critical images that expose the crimes in question, thanks to its deconstructive editing that changes contexts.”
Event Guest: Soda_Jerk
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective who work at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction. Predominantly working with video and lecture performance, their sample-based projects have also taken the form of cut-up texts, manifestos, screensavers and public interventions. They’re based in New York since 2012.
In collaboration with Xposed International Film Festival
Bartholomew Sammut was awarded ‘most promising new filmmaker’ at the Warner Roadshow New QLD Filmmakers Awards in 2000. Bart also went on to continue to produce a number of short films, documentaries and theatre performances as well as working on a number of short film festivals. As well as curating external film programmes for other festivals,and in 2015 established the Queer Short Film Fund, an initiative from the XPOSED International Queer Film Festival. In 2019, Bartholomew was also a member of the Berlinale Series Selection Committee and is currently developing their first feature film. Bartholomew does not know what pronoun to use, so Bartholomew uses them all.
Screenings start at 20:00. Please make sure you arrive before the start of the film.