In an isolated desert community, Della and Alvin are promised under the traditional laws of marriage. Their time has come. They move in together. One house, two swags, a guitar… no idea.
“In making My Bed Your Bed, I set out to tell a story that reflected contemporary Aboriginal life in central Australian bush communities as it is today. Life in bush communities is so often over-romanticised in Australian film and television.
“In the communities I know, people adopt values from both contemporary and traditional worlds. In this film, though a young girl has been promised to a young man in a traditional ceremony that has taken place for thousands of years in the bush, when the time comes for them to live together, they move into a modern house. Both characters in the film have interest in contemporary music, and this is particularly a communication tool for the young man.
“In making My Bed Your Bed I also wanted to explore shyness, and the difficulty that two people have in communicating their desire for each other, and in carrying out the expectations that any marriage brings.”
- Trevor Jamieson - Aboriginal boy
Urshula Yovich - Aboriginal girl
- Release dates
- 1998 - Australia
- R18+ - Restricted
- Australian Film Institute (Australia), Chili Films Pty Ltd (overseas)
- Sion Tammes
Produced as part of the Australian Film Commission’s Shifting Sands series.
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