The Darkside

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    The Darkside

    Directed by



    94 min

    • English

    Documentary, Horror

    In April of 2012, filmmaker Warwick Thornton did a callout around Australia for people to come forward with their indigenous ghost stories. There was only one rule: they must be first hand - the story must be the experience of the storyteller. The callout spread quickly and before we knew it, we were inundated with stories from indigenous and non-indigenous people from across Australia. Along with that, we had people ringing in to say, 'My mum has the best story' or 'My uncle has the scariest one'. Well get them to ring in then, we want to hear it from them. First hand. THE DARKSIDE is a collection of the stories that caught Warwick Thornton's imagination - some spooky, some emotional, some curious, a couple are even funny.



    Deborah Mailman
    Bryan Brown
      Aaron Pedersen
    Shari Sebbens
    Claudia Karvan
    Sasha Horler
    Jack Charles
    Ben Quilty Merwez Whaleboat
    Lynette Narkle
    Sharon Cole
    Michael Liddle
    Romaine Moreton
    Warwick Thornton
    Roland Gallois


    Warwick Thornton's collection of spiritually themed vignettes is alternately unsettling, poignant and slyly funny.

    Eddie Cockrell, Variety

    Warwick Thornton

    Warwick Thornton


    Warwick Thornton was born and breed in Alice Springs, Australia and lives there to this day. His family is the Kaytej people from just north of Alice Springs. Warwick found his love of cinema when he became a camera trainee at CAAMA (the first aboriginal production company in Australia). He went to the AFTRS in the early nineties to study Cinematography and then ended up writing and directing his own short films and documentaries. In 2009, his first feature film SAMSON & DELILAH was released to international acclaim, winning awards and recognition from Cannes to Cairns. He was the cinematographer on THE SAPPHIRES and more. Recently, he started making art -yep the stuff of art galleries folks. He popped himself on a cross in the 3D video and photographic series STRANDED, he put 'Mother Courage' in a van and took her to a posh art fair in Germany called Documenta and he created a photographic series where put himself in the picture as a priest, a cowboy and a policeman for an exhibition called 'Debil Debil'. Warwick's fascination with spirituality has now crossed over to the other side and he would love you to come on that journey with him through the film project of THE DARKSIDE and the online project of THE OTHERSIDE.

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