Black Robe

Director: Bruce Beresford 1991 101 Minutes M
Black Robe Fri 19 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 10:30am 101mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

Set in 1634, Black Robe explores the limits of faith and the Catholic drive for conversion in the first encounters between the French Jesuits and the indigenous people of Quebec.

The film follows Jesuit priest Father Laforgue (Lothaire Bluteau) in his perilous journey up the St Lawrence River in Quebec to reach a remote Huron mission. Based on the novel by Brian Moore, Black Robe is a dark and unflinching examination of the courageous pioneers forging new paths for Christianity under great hardship, and the damnation they brought to the land and its people. Peter James’s stunning cinematography captures Canada’s breathtaking natural landscape while paying close attention to the costume and custom of both indigenous life and French colonists.

Screening as part of ‘Bruce Beresford Directs


Country:Australia, Canada and USA
Director:Bruce Beresford
Producer:Sue Milliken, Robert Lantos, Stéphane Reichel
Cast:Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, Tantoo Cardinal
Script:Brian Moore
Program strand:Features
Rights:Umbrella Entertainment