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February 22, 2022

Unveiling an Icon

The day Nicky Winmar lifted his shirt and declared “I’m black and I’m proud of it” came at a time of great social upheaval. This iconic moment gave license to thousands of Indigenous sports men and women to be proud, to stand up and not to accept racist sledging in any circumstances.  

Over 25 years on, what has changed? Does Nicky Winmar’s simple protest still resonate with new generations of players? 

Produced by EQ Media

February 19, 2022

Warriors on the Field

The history you carry on to the field is the culture that makes you strong.

Featuring Australian Rules Football players Michael O’Loughlin, Michael ‘Sonny’ Walters, and Tarryn Thomas, Warriors On The Field celebrates Aboriginal Australia and its long history and association with the AFL.

Produced by the Australian Football League, EQ Media and Amazon Studios, this one-hour documentary will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2021 in Australia and in over 240 countries and territories worldwide

Richard Bell: You Can Go Now

50 years of First Nations activism in Australia through the lens of contemporary Australian Aboriginal artist Richard Bell

Richard Bell is one of the most important contemporary artists in Australia and one of the most important First Nations contemporary artists in the world today. Richard’s work challenges preconceived ideas about Aboriginal people and art, taking part in national and international debates surrounding identity and politics. From his first works in Redfern in the 1970s to having his Tent Embassy(s) headline Documenta and take over the Turbine Room at the Tate Modern in 2021, War & Order will not only track the course of Richard’s remarkable career as an artist and provocateur, but it will also look at his strong ongoing commitment to the politics of Aboriginal emancipation and self-determination.

A supporting cast of artists, academics, musicians and more will flesh out this journey of over 50 years. Richard’s often collaborative art practice will be the lens through which to examine Aboriginal and First nations activism in Australia and beyond, how much it has achieved and how much is yet to be done.

IN PRODUCTION With Good Thing Productions

Araatika! Rise Up

An intimate portrait of a man driven to share his culture with the world. In 2012, a group of Indigenous NRL players including Dean Widders, Preston Campbell, Timana Tahu and George Rose came together to develop a pre-game ceremony that would be a response to New Zealand’s much loved, universally recognised and hugely respected haka. Rather than simply taking an existing dance, the players came up with a series of movements that reflected cultural symbols – the clan, the warrior, the boomerang, the spear. They concluded their new dance with a moment of reflection to show that, in Indigenous culture, the silences are as important as the words. Now they want to take the performance to the world.

“… a warming and compelling watch…” Luke Buckmaster

December 15, 2019

Maralinga Tjarutja

When the Dust Settles, Culture Remains.

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 of the Maralinga Village and Test Sites in 2009. This is an inspiring story of a community’s strength, resilience and unbroken connection to country in the face of the most aggressive form of colonisation.

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?