Matthew Thorne & Derik Lynch - Ngapartji Ngapartji

Directors Matthew Thorne & Derik Lynch at Berlinale 2023 / © Daniel Pook (2023) /
With Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black), the two Australian directors Derik Lynch and Matthew Thorne not only won the Silver Bear in the short film section at the Berlinale 2023, but also a Teddy Award as the festival's best LGBTQ short film.

Marungka Tjalatjunu merges Thornes understanding of western cinema with Lynch's own memories and sacred knowledge about Inma, a traditional way of story telling passed on over more than 60,000 years from generation to generation of Australian natives. A road trip from white city life in Adelaide to Lynch's roots in Aputula, a remote Anangu Community, that during production also invited Thorne to take part in their way of life, enjoying a process of learning from each other, while they all were contributing to the creation of this now award winning short film.

In a very personal conversation for Short Talks, Derik and Matthew take a deep look into the inner and outer conflicts of their collaboration, which unites cultures and their narrative styles, but for this very reason does not meet with understanding everywhere, especially in their shared Australian homeland.

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