Die Ältesten
Insects so well camouflaged as to be invisible, until you look closely. Something scary and mysterious bubbling up from the water. A tree that suddenly looks alive. When you are alone in the bush, everything seems to bristle with a mystical life force. The elders have gone ahead, leaving the young boy behind to find his own way through the unknown – just like generations of boys before him. But is he ready for the challenge?
by Tony Briggs
with Muraany Andy-Harrison, Uncle Wayne Atkinson, Uncle Rod Briggs
Australia 2019 English 10’ Colour recommendation: 5 years and up


  • Muraany Andy-Harrison (Boy)
  • Uncle Wayne Atkinson (Elder 1)
  • Uncle Rod Briggs (Elder 2)


Director Tony Briggs
Screenplay Tracey Rigney
Cinematography Ryan Alexander Lloyd
Editing Anne Carter
Sound Design Chris Goodes
Sound Mark Tarpey
Production Design Jo Briscoe
Costumes Jo Briscoe
Make-Up Natalie Corteling
Assistant Director Tom Jecks
Casting Damienne Pradier
Production Manager Helen Boicovitis
Producer Damienne Pradier
Executive Producer Charlotte Seymour

Tony Briggs

The writer, director and producer is of the Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri Nations and works in theatre and film. His feature film The Sapphires, based on the eponymous stage play, premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won two Australian Writers’ Guild and eleven AACTA awards. He has also had a thirty-year career as an actor and is artistic director of the Birrarangga Film Festival in Melbourne which showcases the work of Indigenous filmmakers from around the world.


2019 Elders; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020