THE LAKE OF SCARS
A GROUND-BREAKING AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY ON ALLYSHIP AND RECONCILIATION
Six years in the making and entirely filmed in Victoria, The Lake of Scars is a groundbreaking Australian documentary dealing with allyship and reconciliation.
‘Hosted’ by beloved Dja Dja Wurrung actor Uncle Jack Charles in a unique ‘in-cinema’ role, The Lake of Scars details the relationship between an ageing white farmer and members of Victoria’s Yung Balug clan of the Dja Dja Wurrung, as they seek to showcase and protect Australia’s largest collection of scarred trees. Jida Gulpilil, son of legendary late actor David Gulpilil, is at home on his mother’s country, sharing the story of the dozens of scarred trees, middens and stone scatters at home in a series of beautifully shot red-gum fringed ephemeral lakes on the edge of the Victorian Mallee.
“Beautiful and deeply poignant…brilliantly shows the complexities and difficulties of dealing with the past in the present.” Emeritus professor of history at UNSW, Grace Karskens