REEF DREAMING

The film Reef Dreaming, written by Gordon Lee Chambers, screened at Darling Harbour Sydney on a multi-story water screen during 1997 and 1998. Reef Dreaming is a film about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia and featured dancing and music by some of Australia’s most talented indigenous performers.

The dancers and actors were filmed at White Bay Studios and are shown on a screen made by shooting water from jets which create a fine spray onto which the 72mm film is projected using lasers. The actors and dancers are projected larger than life and appear to be walking and dancing on the water.

Reef Dreaming Draws on the myths of aboriginal Australia to weave a story of two lovers separated by tribal loyalties and eventually reunited forever in the Dreaming, the spiritual world of their ancestors.

The themes of loss and rediscovery are explored in aboriginal culture, music and dance as the film follows the life of a beautiful Torres Strait Islander woman, the daughter of a king and a handsome Aboriginal warrior named Gunyarrak. Reef Dreaming Draws on the myths of indigenous Australia to weave a story of two lovers separated by their family loyalties and eventually reunited forever in the Dreaming

Sometimes the more you try to focus on something, the less you really see it's beauty.

― Samuel L. Norman
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