Lots of opportunities to come up against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues in London these days:
- a review by Maya Jaggi of Gail Jones’ recently published novel Sorry in the Guardian newspaper on Saturday 26th May in which the reviewer explicitly mentions National Sorry Day. Gail Jones herself will be speaking at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts that is on this week and next;
- the opening this coming week of Ray Lawrence’s film Jindabyne with its ‘creepy Aboriginal’ theme (I haven’t seen the film yet and can only surmise from reviews);
- the opening next week of Rolf de Heer’s film Ten Canoes (unfortunately, I’ll miss it because I’ll be in Taiwan at the Austronesian Endangered Language Documentation conference);
- a half-page full colour advertisement on p19 of Saturday’s Guardian that features pictures of young Aboriginal people in angular dance poses against a desert landscape backdrop with the strap line “We’ve got all dressed up. The band’s on its way. And we’ve been rehearsing for 40,000 years. So where the bloody hell are you?” – the latest commercialisation of Aboriginal images brought to the UK by Tourism Australia
A nice mix of stereotypes here for us all to enjoy.