A Northern Town

The aged witnesses to a haunted past lay bare the truth of the history of Kempsey

Documentary 1×75 min + 1×52 min

“The past is not dead and gone; it isn’t even past.” William Faulkner

  • Winner: NSW Premier’s History Award,
  • Winner: AFI Award, Best Cinematography in a Documentary
  • Nominated: Best Documentary Short, FCCA Awards.
  • Selection: Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2008,
  • Selection: London Australian Film Festival,
  • Selection: IFEMA Malmo.
  • Shortlisted: Grierson:Sheffield:Innovation Award
  • Shortlisted: Dendy Award 2008

The northern New South Wales town of Kempsey is a place haunted by the ghosts of it’s past. The people here, both black and white, have seen more than their fair share of tragedy and division through  the years. As the white witnesses to this history have grown old, many have found themselves doing what they never could have imagined: moving in with black people. Yet, at the Aboriginal controlled Booroongen Djugun aged care facility, white people and Aborginal people are living together… and they’re talking. A Northern Town peels back more than 100 years of history as the residents of Booroongen – both black and white – relate tales that lay bare the truth of history and break the tragic divisions of the past.