Emu Runner

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Emu Runner

Directed by Imogen Thomas

  • Australia 2018; 95 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Drama


EMU RUNNER is a story about a nine-year-old Indigenous girl, Gem Daniels, who lives in a remote Australian town. As she copes with her mother’s unexpected death, Gem finds solace in the company of a wild emu, unwittingly connecting with her mother’s traditional totem animal.

Director's Statement

Gem is the driving force of EMU RUNNER. It is through her eyes that the story unfolds. She is a child full of wonder and intrigue and anchored by the deep cultural roots of her Ngemba people and country, and thus her sense of belonging is implicit. Her remote country town may struggle to exist, and yet, it is a place that offers great freedoms and a way of life where time slows and simple pleasures are found. At the same time Emu Runner presents the fragility of this world and how quickly it can change. The unexpected death of her mother puts Gem and her family’s lives into a state of flux as they contend with their sorrow.



    Victor Evatt