Title Details


Looks at the lives and aspirations of Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.
Year : 1981 | Total Duration : 43 Minutes | Producer : Peter Johnson
Director : Graham Chase |
MS interview with Aboriginal man in broken English. WS men in ceremonial paint performing traditional dance with musical and singing accompaniment. Names of different tribes overlaid and overdubbed during ceremony. MS performer singing and using clapping sticks and VS dancer's feet in red dirt and in dance. CU interview with performer explaining significance of dance. WS performers standing around fire.
Access No. 143915 | 2 mins 57 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
GS start of running race with Indigenous and non-indigenous competitors leaving start line and running past camera around track. WS Aboriginal footballers running on oval. GS Aboriginal man high jumping and VS individuals and teams throwing shotput, playing baseball and playing football. CU Aboriginal radio broadcaster Freda Thornton introducing herself to audience after playing indigenous soundtrack introduction. CU's of Thornton and her Aboriginal producer sitting at control board cueing her. MS interview with Aboriginal woman addressing issues of Aboriginal identity, social law and racial relations.
Access No. 145247 | 2 mins 16 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
VS Aboriginal children playing tug-of-war on red dirt oval. Aboriginal group sitting in room discussing Aboriginal education with school principal. MS interview with the Principal, Kevin Rogers, talking about his background and his work. MS interview with Charles Mangetti talking about his work in bilingual education. VS of Aboriginal children sitting on ground reading from English language readers. CU interviews with both educators discussing the Australian (European) education system and indigenous involvement in it.
Access No. 145248 | 4 mins 6 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
CUs Lajamanu (Hooker Creek) Community meeting with Aboriginal councillors regarding government funding for local activities. Motion being voted on and passed. WS of meeting around table. VS of Council offices including letter being typed and telegram being ordered by telephone. MS interview with Deputy Chairman of council and VS of administrative staff. GS of him on two-way radio and VS of staff in office. VS young Aboriginal men being served at counter.
Access No. 145249 | 3 mins 15 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
GS Connair plane landing on red earth runway with GS indigenous group waiting for it. MS interview with indigenous northern airline agent. VS horses and Aboriginal stockmen rounding them up and saddling some. CU Aboriginal property manager Stumpy Martin and companion driving on Willowra cattle station and VS from cabin of truck past cattle truck, outbuildings and dirt roads whilst being interviewed. WS indigenous property workers riding horses towards camera. MS interview with manager in cattle yards and WS cattle stock. WS tracks of cattle being rounded up by stockmen on horseback.
Access No. 145250 | 4 mins 47 secs | 1980s | Elcho Island, NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
CU Aboriginal man Norman talking about his past experiences of working and living and his decision to be with his mother on her land. VS of people living in community and GS woman sitting on ground weaving. MS Norman pointing to beyond pandanus trees and talking about the crocodiles beyond and how they relate to his mother's dreaming. MS of Norman talking about his radio and pointing out solar power. Zoom out from MS Aboriginal elder carving wooden totem to Richard Miller turning it over. MS of Miller standing with group of totems at Snake Bay talking about ceremonies held at the area.
Access No. 145251 | 3 mins 29 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
VS Aboriginal choir from Christian Fellowship on stage with guitars performing. VS Aboriginal builders erecting movie screen. VS projection of "Iu Mi Nao" Soloman Islands Regains Independence on screen. Pan across mangrove wetlands to group of Aboriginal men talking about unionisation. CU young Aboriginal man smoking. CUs of older man talking about speaking at conferences. VS men constructing new buildings in Aboriginal community and MS interview with one of them, a qualified carpenter.
Access No. 145252 | 4 mins 30 secs | 1980s | Elcho Island, NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
VS Aboriginal women loading up and travelling in community van. VS of them singing as they travel. WS rear of van as it travels along dusty dirt road. VS women sitting around open fire in bush making damper and drinking. MS interview with woman explaining what the group does when they 'go bush'. MS interviews with Aboriginal men sitting on beach talking about what the sea means to them and two they need to safeguard their fishing area.
Access No. 145253 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
MS Aboriginal elder, blind in one eye, surrounded by children talking about white attitudes to his people and their land. WS of bush and WS two women walking across grasses. CU of elder protesting at the making of roads through Aboriginal land. WS child riding bicycle through community.
Access No. 145254 | 4 mins 9 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
VS Aboriginal men constructing iron and timber houses at settlement with MS of builder explaining the design and how it will fit in with indigenous needs. Pans to humpies contrasted with new buildings. VS worker using power tools. CU man talking to young Aboriginal guitarist and tilts to band playing on outdoor stage. CU montage of patterned signs and WS women in running race. GS spectators watching and cheering. MS interview with organiser Lindsay Turner talking about the annual Yuendumu Sports Weekend. VS men in tug-of-war. GS women playing baseball. GS spear throwing at clay kangaroo. VS of athletic events including shot-put, high jump, long jump and football. VS spectators playing will ball on sidelines.
Access No. 145255 | 4 mins 5 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
MS medal presentation ceremony at Yuendumu Sports Weekend with winning Aboriginal contestants on dais. Track of women competing in novelty race carrying buckets on heads. GS distance runner crossing finish line in bare feet with more runners following. MS pair of naked breasted women in body paint, one wearing beanie, performing dance. CU young Aboriginal band singing rock n' roll number on stage and VS crowd dancing and MS people at table with mixers and other equipment.
Access No. 145256 | 1 min 4 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
CU Aboriginal radio broadcaster Freda Thornton discussing retake of her broadcast. CU of her producer and MS of the pair of them discussing the content. CUs Thornton with male colleagues deciding on languages to be used in broadcast. MS interview with Johnny Makumba standing outside ABC studios talking about the need for Aboriginal voices and issues to be heard in the media. CU poster for Aboriginal Radio Ananguku Wangkapayi. CUs of Thornton and producers recording radio show in studio.
Access No. 145257 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
CU young Aboriginal boy singing rock 'n' roll number on stage at Yuendumu Sports Weekend. CUs Aboriginal radio broadcaster Freda Thornton with producer discussing program order. VS Aboriginal blues, rock and country singers at Yuendumu. VS audience dancing. Closing titles. WS Aboriginal people sitting around fire at night singing with guitars.
Access No. 145258 | 1 min 53 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |