Live Installation, Dual Screen, 70 mins, 2017
In May 1967, as civil rights movements worldwide were at their peak, the referendum to remove passages in the Australian constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal people passed with a ‘Yes’ vote of over 90%.
During the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum – a crucial milestone in the ongoing struggle for the rights of Indigenous people in Australia – this victory was celebrated within '1967 - Music in the Key of Yes', a show, co-presented by Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House, performed on the land of the Gadigal people in one of Australia’s most recognisable modern icons.
Some of the greatest songs of the civil rights movement were reinterpreted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stars, including Dan Sultan, Thelma Plum, Radical Son, Leah Flanagan, Emily Wurramara, Alice Skye, Ursula Yovich and Yirrmal, as well as award-winning artist Adalita.
Daybreak Films created a vast feature length dual screen film accompaniment to the show in the form of lyrical interpretations of archival footage of icons of the referendum movement and the lead up to this momentous event. The film installation was created by Daybreak Films' Rhys Graham and Natasha Gadd in consultation with the artists and producers.