The Alterations of AJ D’cruz: Becoming a ‘New Australian’
Sunday 21 April, 3pm. Free entry
Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre
Cnr Walker and Mason Streets, Dandenong
Glenn D’Cruz’s father was an Anglo-Indian — a member of the ‘mixed-race’ community produced by British colonialism. He died prematurely at the age of 53. On one level, he did not experience any major trauma, yet he found the process of adjusting to life in Australia difficult. This multi-media presentation tells his story through film. It draws on his own archive of 8mm films and 35mm slides as well as commercial feature films that represent Anglo-Indians in order to provide an account of his personal experience of becoming a ‘New Australian’.
More specifically, it juxtaposes my father’s ‘home movies’ with key scenes from films that represent Anglo-Indians: Bhowani Junction (1956), Julie (1975), and 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) Cotton Mary (1999). Combining personal anecdotes and philosophical ruminations on technology with commentaries on the aforementioned films, the presentation raises questions about the ethical problems involved in representing the migrant experience.