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Talk About Laugh: 'Blak Comedy & Indigenous Cultural Perspectives On Humour'

March 31, 2016
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Featuring Angelina Hurley from Australia with CBC reporter, Duncan McCue
Thursday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Terasen Cinema (#1800), SFU Vancouver
515 Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission by donation (suggested donation $5.00)


Aboriginal comedy writer Angelina Hurley, is currently completing her Doctorate of Creative Arts on Indigenous humour and was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. “Through my research topic, ‘Blak Comedy and Indigenous Cultural Perspectives on Humour’, I am investigating the development of Australian Indigenous comedy,” Angelina said. “The genre of Indigenous comedy predominantly lives within the Indigenous community itself, unknown to mainstream Australia and is still to break through there.”

Her award-winning short film called Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun (2009), is based on a true family story, Aunty Maggie saves the family from destitution by giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the family rooster.

After screening this 12-minute film, CBC reporter Duncan McCue (Anishinaabe) will talk with Angelina about her film and research.

Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun (2009)
Written by Angelina Hurley and directed by Leah Purcell. Part of the Bungaburra Productions Short Black Initiative of Screen Australia.
Awards: Best Australian Film at the Heart of Gold International Film Festival.

This program is the fourth in a series entitled Laughing “Irregardless”: Multimedia Aboriginal Humour curated and moderated by Aboriginal filmmaker, Loretta Todd, the programs are part of the SFU Public Square events.

The series complements the exhibition co-curated by Peter Morin and Dr. Martine Reid, Carrying on “Irregardless”: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art, at the Bill Reid Gallery September 12, 2012 - March 17, 2013.

Presented by the Bill Reid Gallery with support from: Canada Council for the Arts, Face The World Foundation, SFU Vancouver, and SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples.

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