Genre: Drama. Dir: Imogen Thomas. Country: Australia.
Emu Runner is about the impact a mother’s death has on an Indigenous family living in an isolated community. The story is seen through the eyes of Gem, a spirited nine-year-old girl, who deals with grief by forging a bond with a wild emu, a mythical bird of her ancestors. It is a bond she will do anything to keep but one that puts her at odds with a young and inexperienced social worker. Starring wayne Blair as Gem’s father Jay Jay, this is a story about respecting difference, exploring the underlying racial tensions in regional Australia and the importance of traditional customs in modern Indigenous culture.