The New Boy

Drama about an Aboriginal orphan boy who is brought to a remote monastery, where a nun, played by Cate Blanchett, is determined to convert him to Christianity.

Time & Tickets

Well into the twentieth century, Aboriginal children were separated from their parents to be raised in a white, Christian environment. Set against the backdrop of this ‘Stolen Generations’ period, THE NEW BOY follows a nameless Aboriginal boy who, in the 1940s, is brought to a monastery in the Australian outback. Sister Eileen takes him under her wing, steadfast in her mission to convert him to Christianity. She is taken aback by the silent newcomer, who not only doesn’t speak the language but also possesses seemingly magical powers – powers that could fade unless Eileen understands how Christian and indigenous beliefs can coexist.

Australian director Warwick Thornton, who is of indigenous descent himself, also took on the role of cinematographer. His beautiful candlelit evening scenes and rugged yet picturesque panoramas of the Australian plains are enhanced by the score of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. However, the true star of the film is eleven-year-old Aswan Reid. In his feature film debut, he effortlessly holds his own with his quiet yet expressive performance, even alongside two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett.

Warwick Thornton, Australia, 2023, 96 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Cate Blanchett, Aswan Reid, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair.