Toomelah

A hundred minutes seems like two hundred watching this portrait of the grinding tedium of life on an Aboriginal mission settlement. Ten-year-old Daniel is a habitual truant whose dad is on the metho and mum on the dope. In the absence of any role models or imagination, he spends his time playing violent video games and hanging out with local yarndi dealer Linden, who seems to be the only local with a job. But when a competing dealer moves back to Toomelah, fresh out of jail, Dan gets a taste of where this seemingly appealing career might lead.

This has a depressingly authentic feel, but there has to be a less bum-numbing way of getting its message across to the people who’d benefit from hearing it. 5/10

Released November 24, 2011.

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