Straight from the Heart: Clarence Walden
Forum Theatre, Level 1
This documentary tells the story of Clarence Walden, a senior member of the Gangalidda nation in the Gulf of Carpentaria. His story is about survival, cultural resilience in his traditional homelands, and sheer political determination.The screening will be followed by a discussion with Alexis Wright and Sarah Maddison.
'Straight from the Heart' records the stories of Clarence Walden, a senior member of the Gangalidda nation in the Gulf of Carpentaria in North West Queensland, which is near the tip of the Northern Territory border. Clarence was the Mayor of Doomadgee for many years, and he was a member of the town council, a former ATSIC Commissioner, and he is the only living foundation member of the Carpentaria Land Council.
Clarence is known throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria as one of the most important intellectual figureheads alive today, and he is a principled no-backing-down fighter for his people. He is a most respected and gifted story leader in the Gulf who for many years, led and formed the strategic thinking of many critical campaigns that he and his people have undertaken. He has the capacity to bring his people with him on enormous fights for justice.
This exclusive Melbourne screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers Alexis Wright and Sarah Maddison.
'Straight from the Heart' was developed as part of the Australia Research Council’s Other Worlds: 'Forms of World Literature' Research Project to highlight the importance of oral storytelling cultures and tradition in today’s world.
This event is presented by the Australian Centre and the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration at the University of Melbourne.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience members are warned that the documentary contains images and voices of deceased persons.
Professor Alexis Wright, Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature
Professor Alexis Wright
Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature
**Professor Alexis Wright** is a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria. She is an author and essayist whose publications include *Carpentaria* (Giramondo, 2006), awarded the Miles Franklin Award in 2007; *The Swan Book* (Giramondo, 2013), awarded the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2014, and *Tracker* (Giramondo, 2017), awarded the Stella Prize in 2018. Her essay 'What Happens When You Tell Somebody Else’s Story’ (*Meanjin*, 2016) was awarded the Hilary McPhee Award in 2016. Professor Wright holds the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at The University of Melbourne, and is a lead researcher on the ARC Discovery Project *Other Worlds: 'Forms of World Literature'*.
Professor Sarah Maddison, Co-Director
Professor Sarah Maddison
Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration
**Sarah Maddison** is Professor of Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and Co Director of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration. She is also Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Sarah has published widely in international journals and is the author or editor of nine books including, most recently, *The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can’t solve black problems* (2019).