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Curator's Cut

Rare and fascinating films exploring the Territory's history will screen at the Northern Territory Library as curator’s delve into the weird and wonderful audio-visual items in their collection.

By Tamara Howie

Curator Charlie Ward and a team put in the hard yards watching films in the library’s collection for Curator’s Cut, a new monthly screening of different flicks.

“We looked for titles that are quirky, interesting or rare in the sense that not many people know about them, with a bit of an eye for issues that are of interest in the community,” Ward says.

“It was a matter of combing the shelves and seeing what jumped out and a lot of watching and thinking about what people are interested in nowadays.”

The October screening is Buffalo Legends, a film about a group of men who fought racism on the sporting field.

“It’s about the history of football in Darwin as a vehicle to break down some of those barriers that Aboriginal people have faced, and the way footy has improved life,” Ward says.

“It’s about football, but it’s just as much about multiculturalism and breaking down barriers.”

Northern Territory Library senior director and self-confessed cinephile Patrick Gregory says Curator’s Cut is a great way to reflect on the NT’s history.

“Film is such an incredible medium to reflect society and as history buffs we love that,” he says.

“Film helps tell our stories – they capture our voices, our accents, our fashion, our politics and our passions. 

“The films selected all play their part in reflecting elements of the Northern Territory.”

The limited seats are booking up, but there is a waiting list – get in quick so you don’t miss out.

Wed 3 Oct | 5.30-7.30pm | Northern Territory Library | Free I See the event listing

Image: Buffalo Legends

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