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Satellite Boy

Satellite Boy

Original Title: Satellite Boy
Director: Catriona McKenzie
Australia | English
2012 | 92min. | Colour
Subtitles: No
Format: DCP
All Ages
Ten-year-old Pete (Cameron Wallaby) lives with his grandfather Jagamarra (the legendary David Gulpilil of Walkabout, The Last Wave and Tracker fame) on the site of an abandoned drive-in cinema in the remote Kimberly area of Western Australia. Jagamarra tries to teach him traditional Aboriginal skills such as hunting, tracking and looking for water, but Pete just wants his mother, Lynelle, who left for a job in the city, to return and start the restaurant that she promised they would run.

When he is not listening to his grandfather’s stories, Pete tears around the countryside on his homemade bike with his best friend, the energetic smart-mouth Kalmain (Joseph Pedley), getting into a pack of mischief. When developers claim the land where Pete and his grandfather live, Pete and Kalmain secretly set off across the desert to talk to them face to face. Lost in the bush along the way, Pete must use the skills his grandfather taught him – and which Pete did his best to reject – to save himself. This experience, says director Catriona McKenzie, forces Pete to ‘reassess what matters’.

Balancing modern dilemmas such as Kalmain’s juvenile delinquency and Lynelle’s desire to flee her cultural heritage with the history and spirituality of Aboriginal tradition, Satellite Boy explores the nature of love and respect between the generations. As McKenzie notes, it is ‘about love, the connections it forges, about homeland, ancestral country and how your spirit guides you to where you really need to be’.

– Alissa Simon

Director,  Catriona McKenzie

Director,  Catriona McKenzie

Catriona McKenzie was born in Victoria, Australia, and studied directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Her short films include The Third Note (2000) and Road (2004). She directed the award-winning documentary Mr Patterns (2004) and has directed television drama since 2005. Satellite Boy is her first feature film.

Cast and Crew

Director
Catriona McKenzie
Cast
David Gulpilil, Cameron Wallaby, Joseph Pedley, Rohanna Angus, Dean Daley-Jones
Production Company
Satellite Films
Music
David Bridie
Producer
David Jowsey, Julie Ryan
Screenwriter
Catriona McKenzie
Editor
Henry Dangar
Cinematographer
Geoffrey Simpson
Sound
Liam Egan, Phil Judd
Production Designer
Sam Hobbs
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