Destiny in Alice


In the heart of central Australia, the town of Alice Springs has become something of a haven for Lesbians – a place where black and white women mix and mingle, confronting the challenges of loving across racial and cultural gaps.

In a delightful parody of a famed TV naturalist, Destiny Attenborough (played by filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas) guides us through the habitat and customs of the women who love women in Alice Springs.

The origins of the community are traced back to the women’s movement against the American base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs in the early 1980s. The exploration begins with, and is guided by, Destiny Attenborough, who sees but is not seen by the women appearing in the film. She offers us a look at the larger non-Indigenous lesbian community while poking fun at the stereotypes.

Against the backdrop of the breathtaking scenery of outback Australia, still one of the harshest places on the planet, three Aboriginal lesbians talk about their relationships and families and how both are affected by the cultural differences.

Satirical and funny, this revealing documentary asks the question: is it hard to sustain love when racial and cultural differences seem insurmountable?



Trisha Morton-Thomas - Destiny Attenborough
Release dates
2007 - Australia
PG - Parental guidance
Ronin Films
Peter Kaldor

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Korff, J 2018, Destiny in Alice, <>, retrieved 2 July 2020

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