In 1792, two French ships searching for the missing explorer La Perouse are forced hundreds of miles off course by a fierce storm and take refuge in a remote bay at the bottom of Van Diemen's Land.
For the French, the bay is a paradise of soaring forests and mysterious inhabitants. The Lyluequonny are perhaps the most remotely located people on earth - cut off from their distant cousins in mainland Australia for 10,000 years, it is assumed they have not encountered ‘strangers’ for 40,000 years.
The French desperately seek a connection, but it isn't until the final days of their stay that contact finally takes place. The encounter could have been marked by violence or fear, instead they share language, culture, and reach profound human understanding that feels ‘like old friends coming together again’.
A story of Revolution, betrayal, tragedy and hope - inspired by a chance connection between human beings who had ‘nothing in common’, who crossed over a divide of 40,000 years and briefly defied an unrelenting global history filled with fear, greed and misunderstanding.
DOCUDRAMA SCRIPT, 52 MIN, 2014
WRITER, COPRODUCER · Tim Slade
FUNDING · Development - Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania, Arte (France)
Artwork by Gilad Arazi and Gabriel Kerlidou.
Developed with Move Media (Tasmania), Vast Productions (NSW), Point du Jour (France), and later as an interactive concept with Move Media and Blue Rocket (Tasmania).