Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles tagged with ‘colonisation’

21 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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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.

Australia’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations, Sydney home movie – 1938

Interestingly, the 26 January 1938 parade celebrating 150 years since the arrival of the First Fleet does not reflect Australia’s convict history.

B

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.

Benny and the Dreamers documentary – 1992

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

Black Harvest documentary – 1992

When coffee prices plunged, it sparked drama of epic proportions in this, the third film in a celebrated trilogy set in PNG.

The Breaker documentary – 1973

The Breaker reveals the details of Henry 'Breaker’ Morant’s life before he went to the Boer War and was executed for murder.

Brisbane Dreaming documentary – 1994

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

C

Camera Natura short film – 1986

This montage film is about the spirit of the land: charting the contours of myth, geography and landscape.

D

D-Generation – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1985

While the D-Generation credits read like a who’s who of two decades’ worth of Australian comedy, at the time these comedians were unknowns.

F

First Contact documentary – 1983

It was a gift to the filmmakers: seven rusty cans of film documenting ‘first contact’ between PNG people and three white brothers.

Four Corners – The Kilwa Incident television program – 2005

A massacre, cover-up and UN report that implicates an Australian mining company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Frontier: Stories from White Australia’s Forgotten War television program – 1996

This documentary is about the continuing war that erupted between white colonists and Indigenous peoples upon first contact.

H

Heritage feature film – 1935

Heritage is a thunderous piece of endorsement for the pioneer mythology of Australia, made by the prolific Charles Chauvel.

I

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant television program – 2004

An epic period adventure, full of swash and buckle, sweeping landscapes, high seas and romance.

J

Joe Leahy’s Neighbours documentary – 1988

This was an excellent opportunity to make a contemporary film about the Papua New Guinea highlands and explore the society forming in the wake of Western contact.

O

One People Sing Freedom television program – 1988

One People Sing Freedom documents the largest gathering of Indigenous people since 1788, a protest march against the Bicentennial celebrations of 26 January 1988.

P

Pleasure Domes short film – 1987

The first Australian animation to compete at Cannes, Pleasure Domes is a reflection on the inevitability of attaching associations to perceptions of landscape.

S

The Sharkcallers of Kontu documentary – 1982

Believing that the spirits of their ancestors dwell in the mako shark, shark callers are not only hunting but also maintaining a connection with their past.

T

Taking Pictures documentary – 1996

Taking Pictures examines ethnographic filmmaking in Papua New Guinea and explores filming across cultural boundaries.

Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism documentary – 1976

This anthropological documentary covers the unique innovations made by the Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea to the game of cricket.

W

A Walk with Words: The Poetry of Romaine Moreton short film – 2000

This short biographical film showcases the life and poetry of performance artist Romaine Moreton and her struggles to gain freedom.