Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles curated by Liz McNiven

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Agnes Abbott: Hard Worker documentary – 2006

An Eastern Arrernte woman’s journey from mustering cattle to performing at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Art + Soul documentary – 2010

Senior art curator Hetti Perkins travels across Australia to meet leading Aboriginal artists and talk about their works within an Aboriginal cultural context.

Australia feature film – 2008

Three outsiders – an aristocrat, a stockman and a vulnerable child – are set against the malevolent forces of greedy neighbours, a world war and assimilationist policy.

B

Beating About the Bush documentary – 1993

The filmmakers set out to record a music documentary with a happy ending but end up with coverage of a goodwill disaster.

The Birth of White Australia feature film – 1928

This early feature depicts racial tension in NSW in 1861. Despite its offensive representation of Aboriginality, the film has cultural and historic value.

Bitter Springs feature film – 1950

A family of white farmers fight to take possession of land and water that is home to a well-established Aboriginal clan.

Black and White feature film – 2002

The film presents both the defence’s and the prosecution’s version of what might have happened in the controversial Max Stuart case, so that there is no easy path to the truth.

Blackout – Malangi: A Day in the Life of a Bark Painter television program – 1991

A portrait of the internationally acclaimed Arnhem Land artist David Malangi, highly regarded in both Yolngu and western cultural traditions.

Bourke Boy short film – 2009

A father attempts to reaffirm his relationship with his adopted son as the son seeks to reconnect with his natural mother, culture and country.

Bran Nue Dae feature film – 2009

An uplifting musical about an Indigenous boy’s journey back home, Bran Nue Dae encourages the audience to relax, get on board and enjoy the ride.

Bungalung: A Dreaming of Cannibals documentary – 2007

A dramatised documentary about an ancient ghost story told by two Anmatjere elders to a group of children.

Burke & Wills feature film – 1985

The epic and tragic story of the first expedition to cross Australia from south to north, in 1860–61.

Bush Toys documentary – 2008

A group of boys from the Titjikala community maintain the desert tradition of making miniatures or ‘bush toys’ from materials found in the environment.

C

A Changing Race documentary – 1964

An insightful portrait of Aboriginal people in Central Australia in the 1960s, highlighting their experience of racial discrimination and their integration in non-Aboriginal society.

Chequerboard – My Brown Skin Baby, They Take ‘im Away television program – 1970

This powerful film documents the impact of the government’s policy of removing light-skinned children from their Aboriginal mothers to be raised in Christian missions.

Chez les Sauvages Australiens historical – 1917

An engaging and respectful insight into Aboriginal people’s culture and their interaction with the filmmaking process, made in 1917.

The Circuit – It’s a Long Way Home television program – 2007

A fresh look at the interaction between the court system and Aboriginal people living in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The Constant Threat sponsored film – 1946

This short film promotes the importance of having a free chest x-ray, provided by the NSW Department of Public Health, to test for tuberculosis.

Crocodile Dreaming short film – 2006

A short film highlighting the role of traditional custodians in maintaining balance between the natural and spiritual worlds.

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Darnley Islanders Pay Tribute historical – 1899

Early footage documenting a visit to the Torres Strait by the Queensland Home Secretary, the Hon. Justin FG Foxton, and his wife.

Deadly Yarns 2 – Adrift short film – 2006

In this short film a boy responds to the healing power of the natural environment, Aboriginal cultural practices and family.

Deadly Yarns 2 – Frankie’s Story short film – 2006

A young boy excluded from a school trip to the fire station brings the fire trucks to him.

Deadly Yarns 3 – Who Paintin’ Dis Wandjina? short film – 2007

When a Perth artist uses traditional iconography as graffiti, the traditional owners are not impressed.

Deadly Yarns – Don’t Say Sorry short film – 2004

In this short documentary Christine Jacobs describes how she overcame the pain of being a child of the stolen generations.

Deadly Yarns – Ganggu Mama short film – 2004

In this short film, Ganggu Mama guides his nephew towards his culture and out of trouble.

Deadly Yarns – Sugar Bag short film – 2004

A story of love and endurance about an Aboriginal child fathered by a white man and hunted down by police troopers.

Disturber of the Peace sponsored film – c1945

A short government announcement advising citizens to consider each other’s need for sleep and to keep noise levels low when others are sleeping.

E

The Enemy Within feature film – 1918

Snowy Baker stars as a secret agent who smashes a ring of German spies in Sydney during the First World War.

Eyes Right sponsored film – c1950

A short public awareness film about the importance of eye health. It explains how our eyes function and how to protect them.

F

Fighting Blood documentary – 1951

This Cinesound documentary highlights the talents of Australian fighters, including Aboriginal boxers Alfie Clay, Elley Bennett and Dave Sands.

G

The Golden West documentary – 1940

This film was made by William George Alma, a member of the Victorian Amateur Cine Society who was predominantly a magician and collector of material about magic.

H

The Happy Years sponsored film – c1958

This film showcases the health services provided to state school students.

Here I Am feature film – 2011

A young woman attempts to reconnect with her mother and daughter after her release from prison.

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Journey Out of Darkness feature film – 1967

In 1901 Constable Peterson arrives in Central Australia to arrest an Arrernte man who has committed a ritual killing.

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King of the Coral Sea feature film – 1954

A pearler in the Torres Strait uncovers an illegal people smuggling operation.

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Land Bilong Islanders documentary – 1989

A significant historic record of proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court regarding the Murray Islanders’ native title claim over their traditional lands.

Land of the Apocalypse documentary – 1991

The traditional custodians of Kakadu National Park battle to protect an important sacred site from mining exploitation.

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Mabo: An Address to the Nation television program – 1993

In a televised address to the nation, Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating outlines the government’s response to the High Court Mabo decision on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights.

Mad Bastards feature film – 2011

TJ returns to the Kimberley region of Western Australia to try and reconnect with his teenage son.

The Magic Boomerang – The Discovery television program – 1965

Tom uses a magic boomerang to find treasure, foil his greedy cousin’s plans and save the family farm.

Manganinnie feature film – 1980

Tasmania, 1830. Joanna, a little white girl, is adopted by Manganinnie, an Aborigine who has survived a slaughter.

Message Stick – Blacktracker television program – 1996

A tribute to Aboriginal tracker Alexander Riley, a sergeant in the NSW Police Force and a recipient of the King’s Medal in 1943.

Message Stick – Macumba: Outside Looking In television program – 2003

Macumba tells the story of Australia’s first Aboriginal radio station, the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA).

Message Stick – Tent Boxers television program – 2001

A tribute to the Aboriginal men who travelled around Australia in the 1950s and ‘60s with tent-boxing troupes.

Message Stick – The Convincing Ground television program – 2007

The Kilcarer clan rally against a commercial development on a heritage-listed massacre site in Victoria known as the Convincing Ground.

Morning Star Painter documentary – 1980

A portrait of Djiwul (Jack) Wunuwun, the Morning Star Painter, set in his homeland community of Gamedi in Arnhem Land.

My Life as I Live It documentary – 1993

In this follow-up to My Survival as an Aboriginal (1978), also set in the Brewarrina Aboriginal community, 'Bush Queen’ Essie Coffey has nominated for the local council elections.

My Mother My Son short film – 2000

The pain experienced by three generations of a family as the cycle of separation of mother from child repeats itself.

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Ningla A-Na documentary – 1972

Ningla A-Na documents the activism of the Black movement in south-east Australia in the 1970s and shows how the activists changed the direction of the movement both nationally and internationally.

North to Niugini documentary – 1979

Malcolm Douglas travels in a five-metre boat north along the coast of Australia, through the Torres Strait to New Guinea.

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