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form y separately published work icon BeDevil single work   film/TV  
Alternative title: Mr Chuck; Choo Choo Choo Choo; Lovin' the Spin I'm In
Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 BeDevil
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A trilogy of short stories in which characters are haunted by memories, spirits and ghosts, and bewitched by the past. 'BeDevil captures the allusive quality of parochial, local, familial ghost stories, the sort of stories that are passed down through generations, that are repeated and embroidered upon so that eventually they are woven into quotidian discourse and a passing reference can evoke a complex texture of ghostliness' (Lesley Stern, Photofile).

The three stories are: 'Mr Chuck.' 'Choo Choo Choo Choo,' and 'Lovin' the Spin I'm In.'


  • The debut feature from Tracey Moffatt and the first feature film to be directed by an Australian Aboriginal woman.

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The 15 Greatest Australian Horror Films – Sorted Briony Kidd , 2022 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 30 May 2022;

'From a film made in Adelaide for less than $10,000 to gory and haunting classics, here are some flicks that will keep you up at night'

Meet the Woman Bringing Aboriginal Cinema to the Screens of Paris Sandra R. Phillips (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Conversation , 2 June 2016;

'In a tiny cinema in the Latin Quarter of Paris, something very unusual for French filmgoers is on display. For five days, the programme at Cinema La Clef is devoted not to the latest Hollywood blockbusters, nor to the finest French cinema, but to the best examples of Australian Indigenous film-making.'

'The first Festival of Australian Aboriginal Cinema (La Festival du Cinéma Aborigène Australien) will showcase films that may have garnered awards at Cannes, but are nonetheless unfamiliar to audiences in one of the world’s capitals of cinematic culture. It is the first festival of its kind in Europe.'

The Spectre at the Window : Tracey Moffatt's beDevil (1993) Kate Robertson , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , December no. 81 2016; Senses of Cinema , June no. 83 2017;
Reconciliation and the History Wars in Australian Cinema Felicity Collins , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exhuming Passions : The Pressure of the Past in Ireland and Australia 2012; (p. 207-222)
'When The Proposition ( a UK/Australia co-production, directed by John Hillcoat and scripted by Nick Cave) was released in 2005, film reviewers had no qualms about claiming this spectacular saga of colonial violence on the Queensland frontier as a 'history' film. A reviewer on BBC Radio 4 described The Proposition as 'a bushranger Western...set in violent 1880s Australian outback exposing the bitter racial tensions between English and Irish settlers. A Sunday Times review declared that 'Australia's brutal post-colonial history is stripped of all the lies in a bloody clash of cultures between the British police, the Irish bushrangers and the Aborigines.' Foregrounding the film's revisionist spectacle of colonial violence, an Australian reviewer predicted that, despite 'scenes of throat-cutting torture, rape and exploding heads...The Proposition could be the most accurate look at our national history yet'. (Author's introduction, 207)
Trans-Muting Cinema : Tracey Moffatt's Films Katrin Althans , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Darkness Subverted : Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film 2010; (p. 147-182)
In this essay, Althans analyses two of Tracey Moffatt's films: Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (1989) and BeDevil (1993).
Untitled Bernie Sheehan , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Lesbians on the Loose , November vol. 4 no. 11 1993; (p. 29)

— Review of BeDevil Tracey Moffatt , 1993 single work film/TV
Supernatural Vision David Stratton , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30-31 October 1993; (p. rev 11)

— Review of BeDevil Tracey Moffatt , 1993 single work film/TV
Glimpses into the Dark John Wojdylo , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 14 March 1994; (p. 4)

— Review of BeDevil Tracey Moffatt , 1993 single work film/TV
The Ghosts of Childhood 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 12 March 1994; (p. 30)

— Review of BeDevil Tracey Moffatt , 1993 single work film/TV
Moffatt's Vivid Original Work Rachel Power , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 March 1994; (p. 5)
y separately published work icon BeDevil (1993) Prabhjyot K. Bal , Perth : Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) , 2004 Z1618421 2004 single work criticism Research undertaken by a student of the Centre for Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) into BeDevil (1993). Includes aspects relating to the production phase, critical reception, principal performers and production crew, references and a synopsis.
A Critical Discussion of Race and Tracey Moffatt's Film Bedevil Denise Groves , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bur-ran-gur Ang (Court Out) : Women and the Law 1995; (p. 18-21)
Top 10 Indigenous Films Gillian Cumming , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2009; (p. 12-13)
Focus on Moffatt 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 10 February no. 469 2010; (p. 45)
Shepparton Art Gallery is hosting a double film feature film night on 16 February to accompany the exhibition, Tracey Moffatt: Narratives.
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