We Don’t Need a Map explores the Southern Cross constellation, culturally integral to Australia’s indigenous peoples and inevitably massaged and reinterpreted by the white Europeans who later settled the continent.
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A massive job cobbling this together and kudos for finding a poetic ending. It's rough around the edges; hinging on candid interviews with the director both shooting and chatting and set against a perfectly abrasive soundtrack. Playful puppet sequences and time-lapse photography usher the audience through difficult questions of occupation, identity and another way to view the southern cross . 3.5 stars
It's a completely shaggy experience, but Thornton never pretends he's doing other than crafting a casual but insightful view of Australian history with puppets. And did I mention punk? Great soundtrack, with some really scrappy sound production and editing, all while somehow making the Dreamtime sections humbling and the academic bits thrilling. I wanna gift it to every racist relative - awesome.