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Titles tagged with ‘Indigenous Australians’

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Aborigines of the Sea Coast documentary – 1948

A valuable ethnographic record of a 1948 expedition to Arnhem Land.

After Mabo documentary – 1997

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

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.

Ask the Leyland Brothers – Episode 23 television program – 1976

The Leyland Brothers answer viewer requests and visit Broken Hill and Uluru.

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.

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Babakiueria short film – 1986

A mockumentary surveying the culture and customs of the white native people of the land of ‘Babakiueria’, from the perspective of the country’s black colonisers.

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.

Bit of Black Business – Back Seat short film – 2007

One day seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Janine, who is meeting her biological family for the first time.

Bit of Black Business – Bloodlines short film – 2007

Josh is putting off making a difficult phone call. His procrastination is interrupted by voices from his past.

Bit of Black Business – Custard short film – 2007

A young woman’s grandfather has died. She returns to Stradbroke Island to comfort her grandmother and discover the truth about her grandfather’s death.

Bit of Black Business – Days Like These short film – 2007

Days Like These is a day in the life of Dan, a young Aboriginal man trying to get ahead – but it seems the odds are stacked against him.

Bit of Black Business – Done Dirt Cheap short film – 2007

A tourist overhears two miners talking with Amos, a gold prospector. He buys a nugget from Amos that’s worth a lot less than he bargained for.

Bit of Black Business – Hush short film – 2007

Ethel’s daughter thinks her mum and Mary get together to play cards. She’s shocked to discover they’ve found an unexpected new way of supplementing their pensions.

Bit of Black Business – Jackie Jackie short film – 2007

Inspired by a dream, Jackie Jackie is reminiscent of Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Tracey Moffatt’s BeDevil (1993) in its stylised kitsch.

Bit of Black Business – Kwatye short film – 2007

Filmed in Alice Springs and inspired by a true story, Kwatye is a humorous lesson in being careful about what you say in front of the children.

Bit of Black Business – Nana short film – 2007

This short film from Warwick Thornton is a humorous portrait of an all-rounder told from the perspective of her adoring granddaughter.

Bit of Black Business – The Turtle short film – 2007

Jason’s mother sends him to a small coastal town to keep him out of trouble. But it takes a turtle hunt with his grandfather to bring Jason out of his shell.

Bit of Black Business – Too Late short film – 2007

Ben arrives home late to find his wife not talking to him and his son ignoring him. His pleas for forgiveness fall on deaf ears, and he uncovers a shocking truth.

Bit of Black Business – Two Big Boys short film – 2007

When their car breaks down at a drive-through restaurant, a speed bump becomes a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for two bickering brothers.

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.

Boxing Day feature film – 2007

The unconventional production method helped give Boxing Day an unusually intense sense of foreboding, danger and unpredictability.

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.

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.

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 Christmas feature film – 1947

In a rare villainous role, Chips Rafferty plays a horse thief, Long Bill. He is tracked by five kids spending Christmas in the Blue Mountains.

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.

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The Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Strait music – 1898

Yamaz Sibarud is a traditional song performed by ‘Maino of Yam’, recorded during an anthropological expedition to the Torres Strait in 1898.

Central Australia: The Eighth Wonder television program – 1989

Bushie explorer Ted Egan tours places of wonder in Central Australia.

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.

Cold Turkey short feature – 2002

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

The Colony television program – 2005

In this 'living history’ series, participants chosen to match the social fabric of the time as convicts, free settlers and Indigenous Australians relive the birth of the Australian colony.

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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 – 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.

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.

Dr Plonk feature film – 2007

One of a tiny number of silent movies made since ‘the talkies’ arrived in the late 1920s, Rolf de Heer’s Dr Plonk is a high-spirited throwback to the days of pure visual slapstick.

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Fanny Cochrane Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs music – 1899

These are the earliest recordings of traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language.

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