The Melbourne International Film Festival is Australia’s first international film festival and one of the most influential international film festivals in the Southern Hemisphere. It was founded in 1952. The main purpose of the festival is to understand the film situation in countries around the world, to promote the close cooperation between Australian filmmakers and foreign filmmakers, and to contribute to the development of the country’s film industry. Each year, the Melbourne Film Festival screens a wide range of films from a wide range of films to celebrate the brilliant achievements of the film and to recognise filmmakers who have made artistic contributions to various fields in the film industry. Approximately 300 films will be screened during the festival, as well as presenting the latest developments in the Australian and international film industry, presenting a wide range of films, including feature films, short films, documentaries, cartoons, experimental films and multimedia films.
This trip to the Melbourne Film Festival is also my first time to participate in a film festival outside of China. In all the films in this show I chose the film directed by Nicholas Wrathall, UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY. The main content of the film is due to the development of mineral resources, Kimberley’s natural environment has long been destroyed, local indigenous people hope that local culture can be protected. At the beginning of the film, the director used the lens to portray the beautiful natural scenery of Kimberley and the life of the locals, as well as the history of Kimberley’s resource development. A major feature of the film was the interview of different people living in Kimberley, especially the interviews with Kimberley Aborigines. A local indigenous old man expressed his concern about Kimberley’s development. In the past, local aborigines lived relatively closed and had less contact with the outside world, thus forming their own unique culture and way of life. However, as Kimberley developed many modern civilizations into their lives, including some bad food and drinks. At the same time, the development of mineral resources seriously threatens Kimberley’s natural environment and the health of local people. Many children do not have the ability to distinguish things, which is unfavourable for their growth.
This piece has left a deep impression on me, and it has also triggered my thinking about the social development in the living area of the indigenous people. Whether the high social civilization is suitable for the life of the indigenous people and how to balance the original life and economic development. Is a thought question left to us by the director. There are many areas in Australia that face the same situation as Kimberley, and similar problems are happening. This film is very direct to let us know what happened in places we don’t know. Although this film is just one of the many films in this festival, it fully reflects the excellent film production and creation level in Australia. This creative concept, which combines with local culture and reveals Australian social issues, is in line with MIFF’s diverse development concept.