Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles curated by Romaine Moreton

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5 Seasons documentary – 2004

Ancient Indigenous philosophies and cosmologies, this documentary shows, treat the land as a living entity and worthy of respect.

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After Mabo documentary – 1997

The most respected Indigenous commentators on native title are featured here, thus adding to the documentary’s historical importance.

Alyawarre Country documentary – 2001

For decades there was awful conflict between pastoralists and Indigenous people; two elders share their perspective, in their language.

Art From the Heart documentary – 1998

White collectors and gallery owners have benefited from indigenous art since the 1970s yet this issue is not vigorously pursued here.

The Art of Healing documentary – 2005

Indigenous artists have given biblical texts a unique interpretation on the walls of a church near Alice Springs.

Aunty Connie documentary – 2006

Narration by Deborah Mailman reading from Connie’s life story told in her book, When You Grow Up is skillfully blended with Connie speaking to camera.

Australia Daze documentary – 1988

An observational documentary shot by 29 different camera crews on the bicentennial anniversary of Australia’s European settlement on 26 January 1988.

Australian Rules feature film – 2002

This drama, with its racism theme, in turn sparked very heated debate about white filmmakers telling stories with Indigenous content.

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Backlash feature film – 1986

Much of the dialogue in Bill Bennett’s film, about two police officers and a young indigenous woman, was improvised on location.

Backroads short feature – 1977

Backroads (1977) is the first feature (albeit, a short one) by Phillip Noyce, who would go on to make Newsfront (1978) and Rabbit-Proof Fence.

The Balanda and the Bark Canoes documentary – 2006

There are many humorous moments when director Rolf de Heer’s directions to the actors get lost in translation.

BeDevil feature film – 1993

Tracey Moffatt, who is best known as an artist, challenged Western storytelling traditions in Bedevil and polarised critics.

Beneath Clouds feature film – 2002

While the narrative devices that director Ivan Sen uses to communicate his themes are firmly located within Indigenous sensibility and cultural perspective, the subject matter is universal.

Benny and the Dreamers documentary – 1992

Freddy West Tjakamarra, a member of the Pintubi people, thought that tinned food contained human flesh.

Beyond Sorry documentary – 2003

The filmmakers get to the heart of the consequence of child removal, yet tell a story that is painfully humane, and never compromising the humanity and beauty of its subjects.

Big Girls Don’t Cry documentary – 2002

This is about Indigenous women living with renal disease, and their strength pulls at the heart strings.

Black and Dusty documentary – 2005

This is a film for those addicted to speed and dust. Filmmaker Warwick Thornton is one of the Indigenous participants in the 2005 Finke Desert Race from Alice Springs.

Black Talk short film – 2002

Wayne Blair fits a lot into 12 minutes of drama, weaving Indigenous language through the dialogue and exploring spiritual aspects of Indigenous culture and community.

Blood Brothers – Broken English documentary – 1993

Arrernte man Max Stuart was sentenced to death in 1959 for murder but, nearly 35 years later, he talks about the case on camera.

Blood Brothers – Freedom Ride documentary – 1993

This documentary about Indigenous campaigner Charlie Perkins was made by his daughter Rachel, giving it extra intimacy.

Blood Brothers – From Little Things Big Things Grow documentary – 1993

An exploration into the life of Kev Carmody, portraying the years he spent in an orphanage when forcibly removed from his family by Queensland authorities at ten years old.

Blood Brothers – Jardiwarnpa documentary – 1993

The orchestration of Warlpiri ceremonies in this film challenges the concept that indigenous culture is stagnant.

Bran Nue Dae documentary – 1991

There’s nothing I would rather be than to be an Aborigine’ is probably the most famous line from the successful stage musical.

Brisbane Dreaming documentary – 1994

Historical footage and re-enactments help tell stories about the Indigenous people who were displaced by Brisbane.

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Case 442 documentary – 2005

Case 442 is a personal testimonial to the effects of Aboriginal child removal policies, and the lifelong consequences it has had upon people who have endured being separated from their families and communities.

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith feature film – 1978

This is one of the key Australian films of the 1970s, because it speaks about the unspeakable with a depth of rage that was absolutely unprecedented and has never been repeated.

Cheeky Dog documentary – 2006

Dion is profoundly deaf and has muscular dystrophy but his love of dogs and his carer’s love have transformed him.

Cold Turkey short feature – 2002

This short feature is told in a series of flashbacks and flashforwards because the lead character suffers from blackouts.

Confessions of a Headhunter short film – 2000

Based on a short story by Archie Weller, this short drama speaks about the conflict between the Indigenous people of the Perth area and colonial culture.

Cool Drink and Culture documentary – 2006

These three young women are passionate about passing on their knowledge of bush tucker to the Amunturrngu community’s children.

Couldn’t Be Fairer documentary – 1984

This film, to some degree, is a tribute to Mick Miller, who was committed to fighting for the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Crook Hat and Camphoo documentary – 2005

This is an episode of the important Nganampa Anwernekenhe TV series that aims to preserve indigenous language and culture.

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Dead Heart feature film – 1996

Bryan Brown plays a second generation Northern Territory cop caught up in a power struggle over whether black or white law is supreme.

Desert Tracks short film – 1997

Desert Tracks – a business established without government funding – is a community’s attempt to sustain itself culturally and an important initiative for self-determination.

The Djarn Djarns short film – 2005

The Djarn Djarns is a comedy-drama very much suited for young people. It is a dance film with a sports feel, so culture and sport are not in competition.

Dog Dreaming documentary – 2001

Dog Dreaming is a documentary about the journey of two ancestral dogs that became a Dreaming story.

Double Trouble – Episode 1 television program – 2007

Double Trouble is in the vein of Parent Trap, but with an Australian spin. It is an entertaining children’s program that offers insights into the lives of young people living in the Alice.

Double Trouble – Episode 4 television program – 2007

Double Trouble allows a cultural exchange to happen for the audience as well as the characters, as we follow the adventures of twin sisters who are both 'fish out of water’.

Double Trouble – Episode 7 television program – 2007

Double Trouble has entertaining and likeable characters and boasts an experienced cast. It also wonderfully captures an Indigenous sensibility and humour.

The Dream and the Dreaming documentary – 2003

When Lutheran missionaries arrived in Central Australia, the strength of the existing culture made it challenging to make converts.

Dreamtime, Machinetime documentary – 1987

There are strict rules about who can and can’t tell certain stories in indigenous culture, these distinguished artists reveal.

Dugong Dugong documentary – 1980

Depending on the individual viewer’s attitude, scenes of dugong hunting can be exhilarating or disturbing.

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Eelemarni, The Story of Leo and Leva documentary – 1988

All the threads aren’t tied up in this short film; rather it is presented as if it was a yarn being heard while at the feet of an elder.

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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.

Footy The La Perouse Way documentary – 2006

Sydney’s La Perouse had an all-black football team in the 1930s but all nationalities were being welcomed by the 1950s.

For Love or Money documentary – 1983

Using almost totally historical material, For Love or Money encompasses the role of Australian women in both paid and unpaid work, over a 200 year period.

The Foundation 1963–1977 documentary – 2002

Excluded from the census until 1967, Indigenous Australians formed The Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs in 1963, to agitate for political and social change.

The Fringe Dwellers feature film – 1986

This film has an Aboriginal ensemble cast, but a narrative based on a Western woman’s experience of an Aboriginal community.

From Sand to Celluloid – Black Man Down short film – 1996

This short experimental drama offers a spiritual alternative to fighting the system. To overcome injustice, return to your spiritual roots for healing to take place.

From Sand to Celluloid – No Way to Forget short film – 1996

Writer-director Richard J Frankland drew on his experience as a field officer for the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody to compose this story.

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