Story

Strange Country is set in a far remote corner of Australia’s wilderness. It is a tale about ancient spirits that inhabit the region, and the people they choose for special tasks to protect the land from those that wish to steal from it for personal gain.

From Director Rhys Day:

I grew up in a remote rainforest town near Cairns in Far North Queensland. I was always enthralled by the stories of mythical creatures told to me by the older residents of the town. I used to imagine these twisted creatures moving through the forest.
In my mind they were frightening.

In reality, at the same time, the creeks near my home were being netted and stripped of their prize position, the Barramundi. The rainforests were being cleared to more easily access precious minerals in the creek sand. As a young boy I watched as people became wealthy off the land. As a boy I imagined the riches they received would make all these folks dreams come true.

 

In adult life I was confronted with climate change and a newly invigorated environmental focus. I remembered the ancient spirits I was told about in my youth. I thought, is this why people have all been so insistent on taking from the land, to gather the riches that once belonged to these ancient spirits? If these spirits did decide to join the fight to protect their sacred homes, who would they enlist from the mortal world to help them?

13CO acknowledges the First Nations people as the traditional custodians of this land.

I honour and pay my respects to elders past, present and future. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.


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