Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

All titles produced by Blackfella Films

10 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

From Sand to Celluloid – Payback short film – 1996

Payback, a black-and-white short about the Western and Indigenous legal systems, is one of Warwick Thornton’s earliest dramatic works.

Flat short film – 2002

A short drama about the day in a life of a young teenager. Marnie lives in a housing commission estate and captures Alice Springs through a video camera given to her by her mostly absent father.

Mimi short film – 2002

Warwick Thornton’s satirical short film stars Sophie Lee and Aaron Pedersen and pokes fun at white art collectors who purchase Indigenous art purely for its investment value.

First Australians – Episode 1, They Have Come to Stay documentary – 2008

The opening episode of this landmark television series explores the first contact, meetings and relationships between the British and the first Australians.

First Australians – Episode 2, Her Will to Survive documentary – 2008

This episode covers the period from 1825–60 and European settlement in Tasmania, told through the stories of Truganini and George Augustus Robinson.

First Australians – Episode 3, Freedom For Our Lifetime documentary – 2008

Episode 3 focuses on the first Australians of Victoria and the lives of Simon Wonga and William Barack.

First Australians – Episode 4, No Other Law documentary – 2008

This episode examines the coming of the telegraph pole and white settlement to Central Australia.

First Australians – Episode 5, Unhealthy Government Experiment documentary – 2008

This episode explores the lives of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal stockman, and Gladys Gillian, an institutionalised half-caste.

First Australians – Episode 6, A Fair Deal for a Dark Race documentary – 2008

Episode 6 of First Australians explores Indigenous history from 1930–67, primarily in the south-eastern regions of Australia.

First Australians – Episode 7, We Are No Longer Shadows documentary – 2008

The final episode of First Australians covers the period 1967–93 and Eddie Mabo’s fight for land rights.