Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users are warned that Lady of the Lake may contain images of deceased persons and images of places that could cause sorrow.
Excerpt from Lady of the Lake, Aunty Iris’s story
Writer/director Richard Frankland
Produced by John Foss
Sponsored by The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
Koorie Heritage Trust Inc.
Lady of the Lake is the story of Gunditjmara Elder Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner and her life at Lake Condah in the western districts of Victoria. "The Land" is an excerpt.
This land’s my life. This land is me and I am the land, you know, an’ so it is too with all our people. So it is with all our people. You can see that the expressions on their faces an’ that when they walk across the country…how much they love it an’ I don’t think that will ever die because kids an’ that are beginning to understand now who we are an’ things like that. They’re being taught at school a different sort of a history about Aboriginal people or none at all, but when they see these places and know what’s happened there, like when our people fought an’ died on the land, I think that really makes them realise who they are, that they’re Aboriginal people…an’ they’ve got a heritage. There was blood spilled in the ground all over the place, here in Victoria an’ a lot of it hasn’t been recorded. There’s a map with massacre sites an’ things like that on it but I mean, we have still survived all that sort of thing an’ we are living in the future as well…but you can’t have the future without the history of the past an’ that’s where we wrap it up as people, because we can quote the past history and talk about the future, the things that we want for our kids an’ the things that’s gonna’ happen…because it’s that fighting force of the Gunditjmara that pushes these things ahead an’ into place. I mean we wouldn’t be doin’ nothin’ like this if it didn’t mean anything, you know. It’s telling the world that there are people here that have a proud heritage. They survived as a nation an’ we are a nation within a nation an’ that’s where we’re coming from…we are still our people. I would say to them, the Gunditjmara children, stand strong because who you are, is a people of this earth an’ this place belongs to you. Never mind letting people tell you that you’re no good or Aboriginal people are no good, you are who you are an’ you’re a unique person because you’re standing on the rights of your great Aboriginal forefathers an’ it’s coming from grass roots level who you are as a person…an’ that’s what I say to these kids, love each another, as I said at my birthday party, love each other an’ keep company with each other an’ know each other as brother and sister an’ that’s what’s got to happen.