This Land is Mine | This Land is Me

03 Dec 2016 – 26 Feb 2017 | GOMA | Cinema A

'This Land is Mine | This Land is Me' brings together a collection of films that explore how we view and engage with the natural world. The program considers the philosophy and politics of land ownership and the balance between exploitation, cultivation and sustainability. The program is presented across four interweaving strands – Connection, Transition, Consequence and Revelation. It features powerful stories of the human experience of landscape and reveals some of the distinct ways in which nature has been characterised in art and cinema.

The title of the project is taken from the lyrics to a song by musicians Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody written for the film One Night the Moon 2001. In the song two characters sing of their deep and vastly different connection to the same piece of land. Kelly, in the character of a white settler sings of his toil farming his hard-earned land while Carmody, as an Indigenous tracker, sings of his sacred, abiding connection to the landscape. The two men's voices come together to sing the same line – "they won't take it away from me."


2.30pm Sun 19 Feb 2017 / Cinema A / Free

Panellists from the frontlines of environmental and social change discuss how their approaches contribute to public dialogue about land stewardship and corporate land use. Participants include film producer, Trish Lake, National Parks ranger Holly North and climate change policy analyst Kirsten Lovejoy. More information on the panellists here.


1.00pm Sun 26 Feb 2017 / Cinema A / Free

Join our panel as they discuss the places that are restorative, inspiring and important to them and explore the way landscape is an integral part of cultural connection and contemplation. Participants include novelist and poet Melissa Lucashenko, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal and Gardening Australia presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams. More information on the panellists here.


6.00pm Fri 24 Feb 2017 / Cinema A / Ticketed

A night of music accompanies screenings of Armenian filmmaker Artavazd Pelechian's short films, The Inhabitants 1970 and The Seasons of the Year 1972. The Inhabitants will screen with its dramatic soundtrack that captures the grace and brutality of the animal world. After this initial screening, Camerata of St John's quartet will perform compositions that respond to nature, followed by their re-scoring of Pelechian's iconic work The Seasons of the Year

More information here.

Program curated by Rosie Hays, Australian Cinémathèque.


Showcases the relationship between humans and their immediate environment and the way landscape influences the bonds we forge with each other. In this group of films, the natural world creates a spaciousness that allows for the characters to experience a deepening connection to self, to each other and the land.

Obitateli (Inhabitants) 1970 All ages | Director: Artavazd Pelechian
Tarva Yeghanaknere (The Seasons of the Year) 1975 All ages | Director: Artavazd Pelechian
My Survival as an Aboriginal 1978 Ages 15+ | Director: Essie Coffey
Jean de Florette 1986 PG | Director: Claude Berri
Manon des Sources 1986 PG | Director: Claude Berri
Baraka 1992 PG | Director: Ron Fricke
One Night the Moon 2001 M | Director: Rachel Perkins
Sud pralad (Tropical Malady) 2004 Ages 18+ | Director: Apichatpong Weerasethatkul
Sawan baan na (Agrarian Utopia) 2009 Ages 15+ | Director: Uruphong Raksasad
This Way of Life 2009 PG | Director: Thomas Burstyn
Two Years at Sea 2011 Ages 15+ | Director: Ben Rivers
Project Wild Thing 2013 All ages | Director: David Bond
Charlies Country 2013 M | Director: Rolf de Heer
Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$ 2015 Ages 15+ | Directors: Elizabeth Povinelli, Karrabing Film Collective
Så Meget Godt i Vente (Good Things Await) 2015 All ages | Director: Phie Ambo
Hrútar (Rams) 2016 M | Director: Grĺmur Hákonarson
La Tortue Rouge (The Red Turtle) 2016 PG | Director: Michaël Dudok de Wit


Focuses on formidable landscapes that affect the people moving through them. This strand includes migration and the vastness of place.

Gerry 2002 M | Director: Gus Van Sant
Japanese Story 2003 M | Director: Sue Brooks
The New World 2005 M | Director: Terrence Malick
Sweetgrass 2009 Ages 15+ | Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Ilisa Barbash
The Nine Muses 2010 All ages | Director: John Akomfrah
Tracks 2013 M | Director: John Curran
Wild 2014 MA15+ | Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Taïga 2014 All ages | Director: Hamid Sardar
Dead Slow Ahead 2015 All ages | Director: Mauro Herce
Sherpa 2015 M | Director: Jennifer Peedom
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) 2016 Ages 15+ | Director: Gianfranco Rosi


Explores tensions involving the natural world, including humanity’s domination of the environment (to its detriment and our own) and the struggles of land ownership, contested resources and land rights. This strand of films also investigates our anxieties about an uncertain future due to environmental imbalance, and the experiences of people already living with the consequences of climate change.

СтАлкер (Stalker) 1979 PG | Director: Andrey Tarkovsky
También la lluvia (Even the Rain) 2010 Ages 12+ | Director: Icĺar Bollaĺn
La Cinquième Saison (The Fifth Season) 2012 Ages 15+ | Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
Chasing Ice 2012 M | Director: Jeff Orlowski
Snowpiercer 2013 MA15+ | Director: Bong Joon-ho
Thule Tuvalu 2014 All ages | Director: Matthias von Gunten
We Come As Friends 2014 Ages 15+ | Director: Hubert Sauper
Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 MA15+ | Director: George Miller
Frackman 2015 M | Directors: Jonathan Stack, Richard Todd
El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button) 2015 Ages 15+ | Director: Patricio Guzmán
The Babushkas of Chernobyl 2015 All ages | Director: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart
The Age of Consequences 2016 Ages 15+ | Director: Jared P Scott


Brings together films that use elements of the natural world to express the metaphysical and the ineffable. Nature provides a symbolic language for conveying the sublime or mysterious in narratives that examine our place in the material and spiritual worlds.

Zabriskie Point 1968 M | Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Days of Heaven 1978 M | Director: Terrence Malick
Utomlyonnye solntsem (Burnt by the Sun) 1994 M | Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Bād mā rā khāhad bord (The Wind Will Carry Us) 1999 PG | Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Tree of Life 2011 PG | Director: Terrence Malick
Pleng khong kao (The Songs of Rice) 2014 All ages | Director: Uruphong Raksasad
Spear 2015 M | Director: Stephen Page
Putuparri and the Rainmakers 2015 M | Director: Nicole Ma
Ixcanul (Volcano) 2015 Ages 18+ | Director: Jayro Bustamante
El Abrazo de la Serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent) 2015 M | Director: Ciro Guerra


Screening daily during the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival is a program of animated features that explore our relationship to animals and the natural world. Included are short films along with the beautiful Irish animation Song of the Sea 2014, the award-winning Pixar film WALL-E 2008 and the Australian classic Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest 1992.

Creature Community: Short Films

Where the Forest Meets the Sea 1987 All ages | Director: Ron Baker
The Monk and the Fish 1994 All ages | Director: Michaël Dudok De Wit
Pik Pik Pik 2014 All ages | Director: Dmitry Vysotsky

Feature Films

Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest 1992 G | Director: Bill Kroyer
Wall-E 2008 G | Director: Andrew Stanton
Song of the Sea 2014 Ages 8+ | Director: Tomm Moore