Dreams from The Outback

Jannik Splidsboel, Denmark, 2019

79 min.DK/Documentary

The Kimberley in West Australia is home to various Aboriginal communities. Today, times are changing, causing limbo and distress. Some have given up. Others choose to fight both past and present demons to bring a change for the better to their people. Gabriel and Peter are the best of friends and try to keep the ancient cultural traditions alive, with almost no support from the rest of their community. Felicity struggles to keep her family together after years of drinking and neglect, and teenagers Billy and Jordan are brothers who meet for the first time.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Drømme fra ødemarken
Danish title Drømme fra ødemarken
Keywords Australia, 2010-2019, Aboriginals, Traditions, Society developement
Director Jannik Splidsboel
Producer Søren Steen Jespersen
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor Mikael Kloster Ebbesen
Sound Lars Halvorsen, Morten Krog Helgesen
Appearances Gabriel Nodea, Peter J. Thomas, Felicity Smith, Ashleigh Johnstone
Production country Denmark
Production company Larm Film
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, First Hand Films
International sales First Hand Films World Sales / Neunbrunnenstrasse 50 / 8050 Zürich / t +41 44 312 2060 / f +41 44 312 2080 / gitte.hansen@firsthandfilms.com / www.firsthandfilms.com
Online release 16.01.2020, Filmcentralen,
Comment Premiered at Vision de Reel, Nyon. Jannik Splidsboel's films include 'How Are You' (2011), about artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, and 'Misfits' (2015), about LGBT teenagers. Both were selected for the Berlinale.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Larm Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, First Hand Films


Direction Jannik Splidsboel


Producer Søren Steen Jespersen
Executive producer Jakob Schaumburg
Executive producer Gitte Hansen
Executive producer Esther van Messel
Post-production supervisor Jakob Schaumburg
Production manager Anna Risgaard Dahl
Production manager: development Signe Birket-Smith
Production coordinator Glenn Dillon


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Drone operator Jake Hay


Editor Mikael Kloster Ebbesen
Assistant editor Anders Retsloff Pedersen


Sound designer Lars Halvorsen
Sound engineer Morten Krog Helgesen
Sound Editing Mikkel Nielsen
Sound effects Peter Miller
Sound effects Morten Green
Foley artist Martin Langenbach
Foley mixer Christoph Oertel

Visual effects

Colourist Rune Felix Holm
Graphic design Sara Itkin


Appearance Gabriel Nodea
Appearance Peter J. Thomas
Appearance Felicity Smith
Appearance Ashleigh Johnstone
Appearance Olive Johnstone
Appearance Casey Douglas Johnstone
Appearance Ashleigh Akka Johnstone
Appearance Ali-Mae Johnstone
Appearance Billy Long
Appearance Jordan Long
Appearance Kay Long

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Krakow Film Festival 2020-05-31
München Documentary Festival 2019-05-08
Nyon, Visions du Réel 2019-04-05
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