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December 15, 2019

Maralinga

When the Dust Settles, Culture Remains.

Community statement: The Maralinga Tjarutja story is of the history of the Maralinga people from their institutionalisation at the Ooldea Mission in the 1920s to their dispossession from the Maralinga Lands by reason of the British Nuclear Test Program between 1953 and 1963 to their struggle to achieve a clean-up of the resulting radioactive and other contamination, to secure compensation, rebuild their traditional communities and achieve the Handback to them of the Maralinga Village and Test Sites in 2009.

In Production

June 3, 2018

After The Apology

Suellyn thought that FACS would only remove children in extreme cases until her grandchildren were taken in the middle of the night. Hazel decided to take on the FACS system after her fourth grandchild was taken into state care. Jen Swan expected to continue to care for her grandchildren but she was deemed unsuitable by FACS, a shock not just to her but to her sister, Deb, who was, at the time, a FACS worker. The rate of Indigenous child removal has increased at an exponential rate since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008. These four grandmothers find each other and start a national movement to place extended families as a key solution to the rising number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care. They are not only taking on the system – they are changing it.

80 minutes

Supported by Screen Australia, Adelaide Film Festival, CreateNSW, Kojo and the National Film and Sound Archive

Awards: 

Australian Directors Guild Award 2018, Best Direction in a Feature Documentary

August 1, 2015

Rosemary Valadon – A Sensual World

Rosemary Valadon is an award-winning Australian artist, now based in the historic town of Hill End. In the tradition of Grace Cossington Smith and Margaret Preston, she has reinterpreted a distinctly Australian femininity and domestic aesthetic.

Valadon has done several series of works that seek to celebrate femininity and sensuality. Her Muses series, and more recently, Wicked Women, reinterpret myths and stereotypes of women in a way that captures a very contemporary feminism.

This film explores Rosemary Valadon’s life story, her influences and her practice. It traces her the major work – large triptych still-lifes that capture the seasons of Hill End. Against the dramatic change of seasons, this film is a portrait of one of Australia’s under-appreciated women artists and the Hill End community that has been a deep source of strength and creative inspiration for her.

Find out more about Rosemary and her remarkable body of work at her website.

February 15, 2015

Djon Mundine – In the Spirit of Bungaree

Djon Mundine is an expert in Aboriginal art and an eccentric, iconic figure.

As a curator and artist, he has brought together many shows and supported the career of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. In 2012, Mundine put on a show at the Mosman Art Gallery that brought together a raft of artists to look at the curious historic Aboriginal figure – Bungaree. Artists included in the exhibition are Frances Belle Parker, Mervyn Bishop, Daniel Boyd, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Adam Hill, Warwick Keen, Gary Lee, Peter McKenzie, Danie Mellor, Caroline Oakley, r e a, Gordon Syron, Leanne Tobin and Jason Wing.

Like Mundine, Bungaree was a complex figure – highly curious, highly intellectual. He was a pragmatist, a performer and an intrepid traveller – the first known Aboriginal person to circumnavigate Australia. In February 2015, Mundine is opening the next iteration of the show – one where he has brought artists together and pushed them to look at the material through intangible expressions. Against the backdrop of the show we will look at the course of Mundine’s life that saw him become one of the countries leading experts on Indigenous art, his fascination with Bungaree and what he thinks the future holds for the next generation of Indigenous artists.

Fred Maynard: Aboriginal Patriot

In 1925, Fred Maynard established the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association (A.A.P.A.), the first large scale Aboriginal rights movement.

The group protested against the revocation of north-coast farming reserves; they also demanded that children no longer be separated from their families, or indentured as domestics and menial labourers. The A.A.P.A. advocated that all Aboriginal families should receive inalienable grants of farming land within their traditional country, that their children should have free entry to public schools, and that Aborigines should control any administrative body affecting their lives.

The film is a biography of Fred Maynard, a significant and important historical figure, and an overview of the rise and undermining of the A.A.P.A. It also looks at Maynard’s intellectual influences and the connections the A.A.P.A. had to other significant black rights movements to show the deep philosophies that underlined this early and significant Aboriginal protest movement.

The film is narrated by historian John Maynard, Fred’s grandson.

 

October 11, 2014

Under Skin, In Blood

What happens if your dream turns out to be lethal?

May 26, 2014

Who’s Afraid of Jason Wing?

Emerging Aboriginal artist, Jason Wing, won the 2013 NSW Aboriginal art prize for his sculpture, Australia was Stolen by Armed Robbery, a statue of Captain Cook covered with a balaclava. The piece caused outrage. In 2014, why is a young Indigenous man questioning the dominant colonial culture still considered so shocking? Jason is one of Australia’s most interesting emerging artists who celebrates his Aboriginal and Cantonese heritage in his provocative art.

May 6, 2014

The Syron’s Call

Gordon Syron is an Aboriginal artist who learned to paint while he was in prison serving a life sentence for murder. Now in his 70s, he and his wife, photographer Elaine Perot Syron, have collected art from significant artists over the last decades. They dream of establishing a Keeping Place for their important collection. This short film looks at the personal cost of this dream on both Gordon and Elaine.

December 19, 2013

Clan

James Saunders was rejected by his mother and then his father’s family but rebuilt a life for himself when he joined The Convicts Rugby Club. This short film tells his story in his own words.

Sometimes when life is at it’s darkest, a new clan can help you see the light.

December 12, 2013

Innocence Betrayed

In 1990 and 1991, three Aboriginal children were murdered in the town of Bowraville – Colleen Craig, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux.

This film follows the journey of the murdered children’s parents as they continue to fight for justice.

If you would like to support the families of the murder victims, please join their campaign on Facebook.