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form y separately published work icon When the Snake Bites the Sun single work   film/TV  
Note: Co-Writers: Kate Grenville and Liz Watters
Issue Details: First known date: 1986... 1986 When the Snake Bites the Sun
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'A compelling account of the return by a group of dispossessed Aboriginal people to their ancient tribal grounds in the Northern outreaches of this continent. This highly provocative cinema verité work shows the rebuilding of relationships through a shared pilgrimage to ancestral lands and a traditional Aboriginal ceremony, despite occasional failures of cross-cultural communication. It reflects a community in transition through the journey of a family, especially the sole remaining custodian of that spirit country Amy Peters, and also Shirley the daughter of Sam Woolagoodja. Shirley sixteen years previously had taken her baby daughter to be purified ceremonially in a traditional ritual in the film LALAI DREAMTIME. This event on film created a unique bond between daughter, grand-daughter, grandfather and aunts right in the middle of their spirit country.' (Source: Ronin Films website


  • In English and Aboriginal languages with English subtitles.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Lindfield, Chatswood - Gordon - Castlecrag area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Film Australia , 1986 .
      Extent: 57 minsp.
      Description: 1 videodisc (DVD)
    • Subiaco, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Kanopy , 2012 .
      Extent: 58 minsp.
      Description: 1 streaming video file
      • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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