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2000s (continued)

Message Stick – Arafura Pearl television program – 2003

This is a snapshot of the Mills family, a respected family in the Darwin area. Kathleen is an Indigenous Elder, mother of eight, musician and singer.

Message Stick – Child Artists of Carrolup television program – 2003

This episode provides another perspective on the child removal policies and how the government of the day had specific designs on how half-caste children would occupy a place in society.

Message Stick – Wathaurong Glass television program – 2003

Wathaurong Glass is an initiative that not only creates a new way of expressing Aboriginal art, but also provides a service to the community from which it comes.

The Alice television program – 2004

A disparate group of people are heading for the outback to watch a solar eclipse. Strange things begin to happen as their fates entwine.

Sammy Butcher, Out of the Shadows documentary – 2004

Musician Sammy Butcher played with the Warumpi Band and now invests his energy in young musicians in his community of Papunya.

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.

Hula Girls, Imagining Paradise documentary – 2005

Western imagination has transformed the spiritual hula dance of traditional Polynesian society into a (male) fantasy presenting the Polynesian woman as beautiful and exotic.

Message Stick – Babinda Boulders television program – 2005

The story of the Devils Pool, recounted by Yidinji elder Annie Wonga, is an ancient love story. Young men fall victim to a waterhole where the spirit of a woman dwells.

Message Stick – Scotty Martin, Rodeo Boy, Don’t Say Sorry television program – 2005

A story about songman Scotty Martin, who inherited the role of composer of songs, a repository of knowledge passed from generation to generation.

Message Stick – Wayne’s World television program – 2005

Indigenous actor and filmmaker Wayne Blair offers insights into his craft and recounts experiences from his career.

Us Deadly Mob documentary – 2005

A 'surf family story’ featuring Amber Mercy, who describes Indigenous surfing competitions as ‘sharing waves and laughing’.

We Can Be Heroes – Episode 3 television program – 2005

Chris Lilley’s mockumentary follows five very different nominees for the Australian of the Year award in the lead-up to the event.

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.

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.

Jindabyne feature film – 2006

Jindabyne is based on a 20-year-old short story by American Raymond Carver, but it’s been so well adapted to the Australian milieu that it feels home-grown.

Ten Canoes feature film – 2006

The jumping-off point for Ten Canoes was a 1930s photo of Indigenous people taken by anthropologist Donald Thomson.

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 – 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 – 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.

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.

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.

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.

Tnorala: Baby Falling documentary – 2007

An ancient central Australian dreaming story about the formation of a large meteorite crater in the Northern Territory.

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.

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 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.

River of No Return documentary – 2008

A thought-provoking film that explores the issues involved in living a traditional lifestyle while trying to gain access to the larger, dominant society.

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.

Stone Bros. feature film – 2009

A fun-loving road movie about two cousins who travel home to Kalgoorlie from Perth to fulfil an obligation they’d made to their uncle.

2010s

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.

Mad Bastards feature film – 2011

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

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