​Adelaide Film Festival EXPAND Lab / 11 October 2024 - 29 November 2024

Image: Susan Norrie, production still, Mt Gunson and Andrew Starkey, Kothaka Country, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

Samstag Galleries 2 & 3

Susan Norrie (NSW) / Matthew Thorne (SA) / Emmaline Zanelli (SA)

The inaugural EXPAND commission is a series of experimental docu-fiction moving image works by artists Susan Norrie (NSW), Matthew Thorne (SA) and Emmaline Zanelli (SA). In three chapters, they follow the narrative threads of mining in Australia, focusing on fly-in-fly-out workers, their families, environmental impacts and the complex relationship experienced by First Nation custodians of the land on which resource extraction takes place. Together they offer counterperspectives to frequently cliched assumptions, excavating a more nuanced and in-depth understanding of this underrepresented but critical sector of contemporary Australia.

This collaborative project originates from the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) EXPAND Lab.


Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.