Indigenous short film goes national with Flickerfest: Welcome to Country

Queensland short film Welcome to Country is screening in 46 locations across eight Australian states over four months, with Gold Coast part of the tour, thanks to Flickerfest.

Written and directed by Brisbane-based indigenous filmmaker Dean Gibson of Bacon Factory Films, the ten-minute short tells the story of a hotshot Canberra bureaucrat who goes to an Aboriginal community to try and “fix” it.

“It’s a comedic twist on reality and I wanted to highlight the juxtaposition of white people coming into an Aboriginal community thinking they have all the answers,” Gibson says.

While Gibson is thrilled to have Welcome to Country screen in his home town of Brisbane, he is also excited that many of the locations included in the National Tour are in regional and remote Australia towns.

Welcome To Country was filmed on location in Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire community.

Flickerfest comes to the Gold Coast on Friday 10 March at The Arts Centre Gold Coast and Welcome to Country is one of a bunch of films showing at Australia’s leading  Academy® Accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival. More at

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