Dipped in Black

Marungka tjalatjunu

International Forum

Short Film Programme 2

COUNTRY: Australia YEAR: 2022 RUNTIME: 25 min

DIRECTED BY: Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch

LANGUAGE(S): Yankunytjatjara


CAST: Derik Lynch, Dominic Roberts, Christopher Stewart, Dale Baker

SCRIPT: Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch

PRODUCED BY: Matthew Thorne, Patrick Graham


EDITED BY: Nicola Powell

SCORE: Jed Silver



DIPPED IN BLACK follows Yankunytjatjara man Derik Lynch’s road trip back to Country for spiritual healing, as memories from his childhood return. A journey from the oppression of white city life in Adelaide, back home to his remote Anangu community Aputula to perform on sacred Inma ground. Inma is a traditional form of storytelling using the visual, verbal, and physical. It is how Anangu Tjukurpa (story connected to country / dreaming / myth / lore) have been passed down for over 60,000+ years from generation to generation.

Matthew Thorne

Matthew Thorne is a filmmaker and artist whose work explores the Australian landscape and its people through film, photography, and reenactment. His short and mid-length films include THE SAND THAT ATE THE SEA (2020) about the remote Opal mining community of Andamooka SA, and GAIB (2019) a short documentary essay film made with the community of Batu Keras, West Java. Other works include photography for Nick Cave and the Badseed’s album Ghosteen (2019), and Justin Kurzel’s film TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG (2019). He also contributed to Ridley Scott’s ALIEN: COVENANT (2017) as photographer and additional director. Matthew currently lives and works between Athens, Berlin, and Australia.

Dipped in Black (2023)

Derik Lynch

Born in Alice Springs, Australia in 1986, he is an initiated Yankunytjatjara man. He studied at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music at the University of Adelaide. Since 2008, he has been a performer and/or cultural adviser on numerous productions in Australia and around the world. He currently lives and works as an artist and educator in Adelaide.

Positive Movements, GAIB (2019), The Sand That Ate The Sea v (2020), Dipped in Black (2023)

PRODUCTION: Other Pictures, Switch Productions

WORLD SALES: Matthew Thorne (email@matthewjjthorne.com)