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Celebrated multimedia artist Tracey Moffatt became the first Australian Aboriginal woman to direct a feature film with this haunting, highly stylized trilogy of ghost stories.
The first Australian feature directed by an Aboriginal woman, Bedevil is a haunting trilogy of ghost stories inspired by tales that writer-director Tracey Moffatt first heard as a child. In "Mister Chuck," a young boy is haunted by the vision of an American soldier buried in the quicksand near his house. In "Choo Choo Choo Choo," a mother (played by Moffatt) is drawn back to the nearby railroad tracks by dreams — or are they memories? — of a past tragedy. In the final story, "Lovin' the Spin I'm In," a woman refuses eviction from her home in order to maintain her vigil for her deceased son. Previously celebrated for her photography and video work, with Bedevil Moffatt extended her multi-disciplinary practice to the screen, and the uniquely ethereal atmosphere she creates around her stories — a highly stylized backdrop of creeping bushes and rainbow coloured skies — lifts them out of any specific time and place and locates them at the juncture of dream and reality, past and present.