Bedevil (beDevil)


Bedevil is the first feature directed by an Australian Aboriginal woman. With this film, Moffatt challenges racial stereotypes in Australian society.

She presents a narrative that consists of three 'ghost stories' which belong to Aboriginal and Anglo/Celtic relatives. These stories are told via a playful bending and blending of generic conventions which provides a meta-narrative of how indigenous and non-indigenous Australians understand and live with each other.

The stories are:

Mr Chuck

The sandy shores and the breezy bungalows of Bribie Island play host to a strange and eerie story. Years back an American GI drove his truck into the quicksand after a party. The pervasive malevolence of the GI's presence is still felt by many who live on the island. However, there is another underlying evil that remains unspoken. Rick experienced it and lived to tell the tale.

Choo Choo Choo Choo

In the desolate plains of outback Queensland, Ruby (played by Moffatt herself) and her family are haunted by invisible trains which run on a track beside their house. The ghost of a young girl killed by a train drives Ruby and her family away. After many years Ruby returns to experience the ghostly presence yet again.

Lovin' the Spin I'm in

Imelda's people are Torres Strait Islanders. When her son Bebe and his love, Minnie, leave their community to escape opposition to their marriage, Imelda follows them to a small town in north Queensland. Tragedy strikes - Bebe and Minnie die, but the doomed couple never find peace. The spirits of Minnie and Bebe dance on a condemned warehouse and refuse to leave.

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Diana Davidson - Shelley
Jack Charles - Rick
Ben Kennedy - Young Rick, age 11
Desarae Morgan - Rick's 1st sister, age 4
Daphne Byers - Rick's 1st sister, age 9
Daphne Byers - Rick's 2nd sister, age 5
Lavina Phillips - Rick's 2nd sister, age 10
Jordan Hammond - Blonde Boy, age 9
Release dates
1993 - Australia
1994 Kate Challis RAKA Award - Scriptwriting
PG - Parental guidance
Carl Vine

Bedevil is the first feature directed by an Australian Aboriginal woman.

Tracey Moffatt appears in one of the stories.

None of the stories are told in a traditional way, but use painted backdrops and spectacular actuality footage along with stirring music.

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Korff, J 2019, Bedevil (beDevil), <>, retrieved 18 September 2020

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