One Night the Moon - MusicArtsDance Films & Magic Reality Media Presents

54 Minutes

One night in the Australian outback in the 1930s, a young girl (Memphis Kelly) steps out of her bedroom window - entranced by the beaming moon. When her parents check on their sleeping child, she is nowhere to be found.

Mother (Kaarin Fairfax) and father (Paul Kelly), turn to the local police, and the Sergeant (Chris Haywood) suggests that Allman (David Field) and their very best Aboriginal tracker Albert (Kelton Pell), set out to find her. But the father revolts – insisting “no blackfella is to set foot on my land.”

Some time later, with their daughter still missing, the mother takes responsibility into her own hands. She goes to find Albert…

One Night the Moon is based on the true story of Aboriginal tracker Alec Riley in Dubbo in the 1930s, who was awarded the King’s Medal for his services to the police force. His grandson, Michael Riley, directed the documentary Black Tracker in 1997, which became the inspiration for this film.

One Night the Moon is available to watch for free via Sydney Festival AT HOME in January 2023, and is the perfect complement to Sydney Festival’s multidisciplinary dance work, Tracker, inspired by the very same person.

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