Awards & Reviews
‘Beguiling mash-up of jazz, ambition and outback Australiana.’
Miles from home.
Filmed in Meekatharra, Perth and Paris, Rolf de Heer’s third feature hinges on a life-changing outback encounter with jazz. We begin in the fictional Poona Flat, a remote country town hundreds of kilometres from ‘international’ music. One blisteringly hot day, a Boeing 707 lands unexpectedly on an airstrip on the edge of the town. Out steps jazz trumpet star Billy Cross (Miles Davis), who plays an impromptu concert to the town’s stunned residents. Among them is young John Anderson, who, immediately smitten with Cross’ soaring, exotic sounds, becomes determined to pursue jazz himself to escape his surroundings. Dingo features the only film acting performance by the inimitable Miles Davis, and an original score by Miles and Michel Legrand (1999 PIAF). These superb transnational qualities rub up against a vision of tough, Spartan Australia, and suggest that art and excellence can and will transform us.
Screening Format: 35mm
The screening will be introduced by Rolf de Heer.