Film screening: Tracey Moffatt – Bedevil, Night Cries

Watch short film Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy and feature film Bedevil, both written and directed by artist Tracey Moffatt.

  • When Sat 10 Dec 2016, 4:00–6:00pm
  • Where
    Soundings Theatre
  • Cost Free event (limited seating)
Two women in a still from the film Night Cries


Still from Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy, 1989. Photograph courtesy of Ronin Films

Art curator Megan Tamati-Quennell introduces the films which are part of Filmic imaginaries: Jacqueline Fraser and Tracey Moffatt, now showing at Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa. The exhibition was curated by Megan, and focuses on how Fraser and Moffatt have engaged with popular culture, principally in their work derived from cinematic film.

Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (1989)

18 minutes, PG

Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy is a response to Charles Chauvel’s Jedda (1955), about the fate of an Aboriginal baby adopted by a white mother in remote Australia. Moffatt leaps forward to the mother’s last hours, and expresses the isolation of the adoptive daughter who cares for her.

This striking short film, recorded entirely in a studio, was selected for official competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.

Bedevil (1993)

Aerial shot of man carrying animal


Still from Bedevil, 1993. Photograph courtesy of Ronin Films

91 Minutes, PG

Moffatt takes inspiration from her childhood to tell three bizarre mystery stories set in intense Australian landscapes.

Moffatt says, ‘I wanted to put down on celluloid the ghost stories which sent shivers down my spine as a child.’

Bedevil screened at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.