THE MOOGAI (Sydney FF 2024) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Sarah is a successful lawyer, an Aboriginal Australian who lives with her husband Fergus, daughter, and newborn baby. Despite resisting the superstitions of her birth mother Ruth with whom she has a complex, at times difficult relationship, Sarah’s increasing feeling that something is trying to steal her baby escalates. She is forced to accept the reality that – despite her level-headedness – a nightmarish folkloric figure called the “moogai” is the culprit, and that Ruth may know more than Sarah had previously given her credit for. Woven into this journey, Sarah and Fergus also face the brutal reality that as comfortable as they may be in their urban, middle-class life, racism in Australia is as relentless as any monster.

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