Title Details

Iu Mi Nao - Solomon Islands Regains Independence

This film records Solomon Islanders, their comments and culture as they regain independence on 7 July 1978.
Year : 1978 | Total Duration : 88 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray
Director : Graham Chase, Martin Cohen |
Aerial over small island in ocean with smoke rising from fire. MS interview with Solomon islander man about the upcoming independence of Solomon Islands. Group of men sitting and commenting on their feelings about independence.
Access No. 138190 | 1 min 12 secs | 1970s | Takwaissi, North Malaita, Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
MS man in profile blowing conch shell and wearing red hibiscus flower in his hair. Village huts in background. Titles. Group of islanders in long canoe with one small sail and good aerial of thatched village hut. Aerial of canoes in formation on lagoon seen through trees. MS Area Constable, Mr Tutu, from Takwaissi, North Malaita addressing crowd. Man describes what the independence film is about. Solomon islanders beating sticks on logs in village with message about the coming big day of Independence on 7th July, 1978. VS of drumming in different parts of village. Subtitles over image. Radio announcer in sound studio. Good sunrise WS of lagoon. Man in silhouette standing near poles and tropical trees and mountains in distance. Good WS of men in silhouette in canoes on lagoon
Access No. 138191 | 3 mins 54 secs | 1970s | Takwaissi, North Malaita, Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Small islander girl smiles at camera and walks away lifting her skirt. Track of woman walking along waterfront as seen through trees. VS of village activity. Raising the Solomon Islands flag. Low angle MS policeman directing traffic. MS man in red bike helmet. VS of activity and traffic in streets of Honiara, capital of Solomon Islands. MS of radio announcer reading the news about independence of Solomon Islands in sound studio. Three people reading in different local dialects at radio station. Teacher interviewing children in radio studio about the meaning of independence. Subtitled.
Access No. 138192 | 3 mins 14 secs | 1970s | Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan from WS of bay to islander man standing in tropical landscape of Santa Cruz,and describing the history behind the anchor monument to Don Alavaro de Mendana, claimed to be responsible for bringing colonialism to the Solomons. Subtitles.
Access No. 138193 | 50 secs | 1970s | Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands | © NFSA | B&W |
Archival film of native islanders with spears, in boat and with missionaries, rows of children marching. Natives being black birded to Australia and scene of traditional canoes with large decorated bows.
Access No. 138194 | 1 min 12 secs | 1900s | © Australian Religious Film Society | B&W |
Colour still of Queen Victoria.
Access No. 138206 | 3 secs | 1890s | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Archival footage of large numbers of islanders running up a hill towards a small white church. Subtitles
Access No. 138207 | 20 secs | 1900s | © Australian Religious Film Society | B&W |
Archival footage of WWII destroyer ship towards camera in rough seas. Quick shots of gunfire from ship. Japanese defence officials and Japanese soldiers on ground firing from behind small hill. Pacific action with barges landing on tropical beach and American soldiers landing. Islanders helping unload barrels. American soldiers walking along road in jungle, salute passing jeep and MS of soldiers leaving on barges. Footage from Battle for the Solomon Islands. Subtitles.
Access No. 138208 | 54 secs | 1940s | Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands | © National Archives & Record Service, Washington USA. | B&W |
Colour CU of a gold crown. CU of rock face with tropical ferns. LS of people walking through a chasm in cliff face. WS of prison bars in brick wall. MS of Solomon islander man addressing a group about their history and the formation of the Maasina Rulu Movement. VS of islander people listening to address, some wearing elaborate head dress decorations. Subtitles.
Access No. 138209 | 2 mins 48 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
MS interview with one man about colonial English rule, subtitled. Two men carrying a pig tied to a pole towards a spit campfire for ceremonial feast. Line of islander women in grass skirts clapping and singing, men performing dances and playing pan flutes. MS of man reading a declaration of independence and freedom. VS of people listening including CU on man in traditional woven hat and decorative clothing. He is handed white bangles and blue beads which he calls the prize of Honiara.
Access No. 138210 | 3 mins 8 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial of one of Solomon Islands. WS of islander band dressed in official uniforms. MS of English official in front of the grandstand of the Honiara stadium describing independence events. MS of band members playing wind instruments. Interview with English hotel owner and interviews with various builders working on extensions to hotel. Air Pacific 747 plane taxiing on tarmac.
Access No. 138232 | 2 mins 57 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
VS harvester over rice field and VS of rice production including scooping rice grains, man operating a production line in food processing plant. Interviews with various people about independence with men unloading boxes from trucks in background. Interview with Prime Minister Peter Kenilorea about his view of independence. Zoom in on ferry boat, Independence, on still water and pan along bow. LS of small island in still sea covered in green foliage and palm trees. WS as motor boat ferry approaches sandy beach covered with large driftwood. MS of skipper and winding in the electric winch for the anchor. Man passing fluttering chicken by the legs to another man in dinghy. Loaded dinghy leaves boats for shore.
Access No. 138233 | 2 mins 51 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Construction of Independence House with palms leaves used for roofing. Tilt up totem statue. CU on man tying palm leaves together for thatched roof. MS small boy sitting next to totem statue. MS of rows of young islander boys singing, clapping and stamping their feet. MS of young girls practising traditional dance. VS adults perform traditional dance. MS of male islander explaining the preparations for Independence Day. Pan across line of women singing. MS of male conducting singing. MS three small girls holding bamboo. Village scenes of women hand washing, man climbing palm tree, children paddling small canoe, woman sweeping, child fanning fire, filling water bottles. Good MS of woman in green smiling, holding baby and with small child looking from window.
Access No. 138235 | 3 mins 14 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Interviews from various Solomon islanders about their expectations from the new independent state and national government. MS of Father Lawrence of Shortland Islands describing his work with the Solomon Islands people. MS of native of Gilbert Islands living in the Solomons describing what independence means to community gathering. VS of singing and women dancing traditional dance in community building. WS of group of Western Solomon islanders walking along road carrying sign then standing in football field listening to a spokesman address their particular demands for a new independent state.
Access No. 138239 | 3 mins 48 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Hazy MS of Pastor Rore and VS of other islanders describing that what the Dovele people expect from independence is a state government so that resources may be issued with equality. Pan from bay past palm trees to village building where several men address a group of schoolteachers about their different views on independence and the need for a referendum. Pan across group of school children singing about independence. Subtitles.
Access No. 139058 | 4 mins 19 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Prime Minister Peter Kenilorea welcomes Chief Rauraukefu and addresses crowd about the meaning of independence. VS of traditional music and dancing. Interview with Prime Minister. Teaching schoolchildren about family planning in the independent Solomon Islands. Teacher conducts classroom of islander children singing. CU on blackboard writing. Subtitles.
Access No. 139064 | 4 mins 46 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
CU of Solomon islander men carrying large wooden cross on shoulders. Nun walking along with large group of islanders in Independence Day march. High angle WS of group. MS of clergyman addressing crowd. Pan up to cross. High angle LS of man banging a gas cylinder with spanner. Shaky pan of school building to group of students under tree with papers on their knees. MS of islander wearing thick glasses and zoom out to group sitting on church floor. VS of church gatherings. High angle shot of church congregation singing and clapping hands then leaving in two lines.
Access No. 139065 | 3 mins 6 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Solomon Islander men and women walking in two lines, wearing shell necklaces, and singing traditional song. VS of religious ceremonial walk along jungle road to a Christian Fellowship Church gathering. MS of islander blowing a horn style instrument. VS of islanders digging and ploughing dirt for new plantings in communal farming project
Access No. 139071 | 3 mins 58 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
CU of Clive Gerard interview about self sufficient farming in Solomon Islands. VS of islanders talking about the impact of independence. Zoom in on islander men digging jungle road , Lom Lom Road, to be used to transport goods to port. VS of council project, construction of new jetty. VS of carpenters sawing timbers. Interview with policeman, Laurence Idu, and Agnes Neuwe about the sporting activities being organised for Independence Day. Interview with Thompson Numo and VS of his paintings to be presented to Chief Minister.
Access No. 139080 | 3 mins 37 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Interview with painter, Oliver Olivagi, and second painter with VS of their paintings. Islander man handing out sheets of paper showing the new flag for Solomon Islands and excited children scrambling to grab handouts. VS of happy and excited islander adults and children. Congratulations banner over roadway and man putting up bunting on building. VS of preparations for the Independence Day ceremonies. Police band past camera. Welcome party for royal guests, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and his wife at airport. Rear view of soldiers in march past.
Access No. 139082 | 3 mins 3 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of traditional dances performed for royal couple, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and his wife and official party including Chief Minister, Mr Kenilorea. VS of celebrations. CU on nose of aircraft. VS of official party arriving at airport. Three men waving from fire truck and various vox pop interviews at airport. MS of Andrew Peacock.
Access No. 139089 | 3 mins 58 secs | 1970s | Kira Kira, Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of aircraft on tarmac. CU of official car and pull back to WS as it drives through village. CU of children's faces as they pass camera on roundabout. People arriving and unloading cargo from planes. WS of plane taxiing. VS of islander men in grass skirts performing ceremonial dances. VS of preparations for dances. Naval officer calling through loud hailer to naval staff in crowd on wharf to board boat.
Access No. 139090 | 2 mins 52 secs | 1970s | Solomon islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Small islander girl handing bouquet of flowers. CU on woman's gloved hand. MS on row of schoolgirls in blue and red uniforms clapping hands and singing. VS of men drumming on logs. MS of man speaking to gathering about offerings of food for celebrations. VS of preparations. Fireworks against black sky. Subtitles. Governor General, Baddeley Devesi, making radio announcement.
Access No. 139110 | 3 mins 7 secs | 1970s | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of sunrise or sunset behind tropical island with palm trees in silhouette and water in foreground. Family breakfast scenes with father saying grace. VS of final preparations for Independence Day. Police band arriving. Cu on man with Afro hair and sunglasses interviewed about independence.
Access No. 139111 | 2 mins 47 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Travelling shot along wide road with group of sailors in white uniforms walking along road. CU on Prime Minister, Mr Kenilorea being chauffeured in back seat of car. Police band marching and playing instruments as part of celebrations. CU on man giving interview. VS military parade while anthem being played. New flag for independent Solomon Islands flying. Speeches and official ceremonies intercut with interviews from Solomon Island people. CU on sailor's faces in march past and VS of other groups in march past, including high angle WS of pipe band.
Access No. 139112 | 4 mins 25 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS of crowds on open grassed area. CU on music sheet for Old McDonald and pull back to police band. Track of children participating in three legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races and watched by cheering crowds. VS of other activities including marching girls, men racing horses, bike racing and soccer match. Interview with man holding cup for best dressed cowboy. Lowering British flag, sailor setting off flares and raising Independence flag.
Access No. 139113 | 3 mins 33 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom in on official dais to Prime Minister, Mr Kenilorea. WS of crowd watching. VS of celebrations and traditional dances. Crowd laughing at dog frightened by traditional dressed dancers. Military parade, fly over by two planes and parade of floats. CU on sailors feet marching in line. Mother walking from hospital with first baby born on Independence Day.
Access No. 139114 | 4 mins 5 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
MS waiter serving drinks and VS of people at evening event with police band providing music. Solomon islander men playing guitar and singing. Evening mass with people receiving the Eucharist. VS of night celebrations and dancers in body paint and grass skirts. MS of men drumming on logs. MS of formal ball or dance wit couples waltzing. MS of guitarist in white trousers and white skirt. VS of contestants in beauty pageant.
Access No. 139115 | 4 mins 9 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of rock band at evening concert. VS of Solomon islanders wearing decorative headdress at microphone at concert. Announcing winners of beauty contest. MS of small child playing banjo in shadows of lantern. Good full moon shot in blue evening light surrounded by palm trees in silhouette. WS of village huts on edge of river. MS interview with skipper of boat on water with palm covered bank in background.
Access No. 139116 | 2 mins 48 secs | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |
MS of Solomon islander men drumming on logs. Groups of native people shaking hands with Prime Minister, Mr Kenilorea. on wharf. Credits. CU on shaking hands.
Access No. 139117 | 2 mins | 1970s | Solomon Islands | © NFSA | Colour |