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MABO
a film directed by Rachel Perkins

Mabo tells the story of Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at 15 years old, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that once and for all overthrew the notion of terra nullius. Hand in hand with this David and Goliath legal battle is the tender love story of Eddie and Bonita, the woman he met as a teenager and loved for through 30 years of marriage and the raising of 10 children. It tells of the deep love and partnership that fuelled their fight for Australian law to recognise tradtional land rights. Sadly Eddie Mabo never lived to hear the High Court's decision that returned his land to him but the name Mabo has become known nationwide.

DVD, running time 103 minutes

$30.00

THE TALL MAN
a film by Tony Krawitz

The Tall Man is a film based on the award winning book by Chloe Hooper. When Cameron Doomadgee was found dead in the Palm Island police station, his injuries were like those of someone who'd been in a fatal car crash. The police claimed he had tripped on a step. The local communities frustration of the Queensland police's handling of the death resulted in the police station being burnt down. The subsequent trial of Senior Sargeant Chris Hurley - who had been decorated in Aboriginal communities - made headlines day after day, shadowed by Queensland police threatening to strike. This film is a tragic true crime story. It is the gripping story of the trial and of how the police protected Hurley and how the Doomadgee family fought for answers.

DVD, approximate running time 78 minutes

$40.00

 

MABO
LIFE OF AN ISLAND MAN
a film by Trevor Graham

A man ahead of his time Eddie Mabo left an indelible legacy to the people of Australia. Life Of An Island Man is the AFI Award winning film about the gently spoken man and his inspirational triumph of justice in one of the most important developments in Australian legal history. Born on Murray Island in the Torres Strait, Eddie lived most of his life in exile from his island home. Tragically Eddie died before the High Court of Australia upheld his claim that Murray Islanders held Native Title. Succesfully challenging the notion of terra nullius, which asserted the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders did not have a system of legal ownership predating European settlement. Both controversial and captivating, filmaker Trevor Graham delves deep into the life of a devoted and passionate family man, investigating the dynamic person who would challenge the Australian socio-political climate and fight for change every step of the way, forever ensuring his place in Australian history.

DVD, running time 87minutes

$40.00

MAD BASTARDS
a film directed by Brendan Fletcher

A powerful story of transformation, Mad Bastards brings to life the maverick characters of remote Western Australia. The story follows TJ, a rough and torturted soul who leaves the city to escape his life of urban chaos and journeys to the remote Kimberley region to find the son he left behind many years ago. Featuring the music of the legendry Broome musicians, The Pigram Brothers, who team up with award winning singer, Alex Lloyd. The journey of TJ, across a stunning kimberley landscape has a warmth and a beauty that created a stir right from its Wold Premier at Sundance Film Festival. Filled with powerful performances, great music and a charming sense of humour, Mad Bastards is an utterly fresh film that balances the tough with the tender, while walking the path to being a man.

DVD, approximate running time 84 minutes. Featuring commentary with Brendan Fletcher Dean Daley-Jones, Making of Mad Bastards, casting and workshop footage

$40.00

 

TOOMELAH
a film by Ivan Sen

In a remote New South Wales Aboriginal community, Daniel, a sensitive, troubled 10 year old boy from a broken home, yearns to be a gangster like the male role models in his life. Skipping school, getting into fights and running drugs for Linden, the local gang leader. As Daniel's home life becomes increasingly difficult he moves in with the local mission gang and is well on his way to becoming a little gangster. His sometimes girlfriend Tanitia still holds out hope for Daniel, trying to get him back to school. When rival drug dealer Bruce, returns from prison, a drug war erupts, leading to a showdown between the groups. Daniel is caught in the middle and thrust into a world of brutal violence. Daniel is forced to work out where his life is heading and make a choice for his future.

2011, DVD, running time 106minutes, interview with director, behinbd the scenes, out-takes, Cannes footage, stills gallery

$40.00

WALK TALKING COUNTRY
a film directed by Robyn Hofmeyr and Beverly Hand

Walk Talking Country is a film about Aboriginal tradition, culture and the environment. This film takes us on a visual journey through the spectacular natural world of the Blackall Ranges in south-east Queensland. Beverly Hand guides us through the landscape explaining the Aboriginal ways and knowledge of the region. She shares the particular significance of the Bunya tree and the ancient pathways that led people from far and wide to come to harvest festivals over thousands of years. Every year Beverly and others recreate the Bunya Festival in a contemporary way to keep this traditional gathering alive.

DVD, approximate running time 26 minutes

$40.00

 

HIRI MOALE
written and directed by Scot McPhie

In 2007 a strom blew over some coconut trees in the remote village of Epemeavo in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. This revealed two large canoe hulls buried in the sand. At the same time a collection of pottery fragments are discovered two kilometres inland behind the village. An archaeological expedition is launched to investigate these finds, and it reveals more than just the history of the village. Hiri Moale is the storyof the expedition, an ancient trade route and a people's attempt to find their place in the world.

2007, DVD, running time 51 minutes

$40.00

ONE NIGHT THE MOON
a film directed by Rachel Perkins

In 1932 a young girl, entranced by the moon, steps out of her bedroom window. When her parents check on her, she is gone. The police suggest an Aboriginal tracker, Albert Yang, lead the search, but the father revolts - insisting there's to be "no blacks on my land". Instead he gathers as many whitemen as he can find and conducts a line search across desolate plains. Albert watches helplessly as every trace of the child is stampted to dust. Sometime later, with her daughter still missing, the mother makes a decision to act against the will of her husband and reconcile the loss of her child. She goes to find Albert... A musical drama starring Kelton Pell, Paul Kelly, Kaarin Fairfax, Memphis Kelly, Ruby Hunter, Chris Haywood and David Field.

DVD, approximate running time 57minutes, also includes music clips, making of the film and interviews with cast and crew

$40.00

 

SAMSON & DELILAH
directed by Warwick Thornton

Teenagers Samson and Delilah live in an isolated community outside Alice Springs, about 1,500 kms south of Darwin. Delilah spends her days caring for and painting with her Nana, Samson is a chronic petrol sniffer who has cast his eyes on Delilah. When Delilah is blamed by community women for her Nana's death and violence intervenes in the teenagers' lives, they steal a communal car and head for Alice Springs, a place no safer than their community. They shelter under a bridge in the town's dry river bed and Samson's sniffing and isolation worsen. Delilah is traumatised by two terrible events and their future seems bleak. Lost, unwanted and alone, they discover that life isn’t always fair, but love never judges.

2009, DVD, running time 100 minutes. Includes interviews with director, trailer and the making of the Samson & Delilah

$40.00

TUDAWALI
directed by Steve Jodrell

Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema. The film traces the life of Tudawali from the moment he's selected to play the lead in Jedda, right through until his premature death at around 40 from severe burns. It also portrays the stark contrasts between Tudawali's home outside Darwin, and his life in Sydney, where he did most of his filming for movies and TV series. This powerful and important story also stars Charles "Bud" Tingwell and serves as a vital document on Australian film history and Aboriginal culture.

1987, DVD, running time 97 minutes, special features include profile of Ernie Dingo, stills gallery and press clippings

$40.00

YOLNGU BOY
directed by Stephen Johnson

Caught in a collision between the brave new world of rap, football and street cred and the oldest living culture on earth, Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Aboriginal teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together. However, things change, dreams become harder to attain. When Botj goes too far and finds himself on the wrong side of black and white law, Lorrpu must weigh up his own future against saving the future of his friend. He persuades the boys to trek to Darwin to argue Botj's case with Dawu, a tribal leader. Leaving behind their kinship and community, the boys journey through the unforgiving wilderness of North East Arnhem Land to Darwin. To survive, Lorrpu, Milika and Botj must draw on a combination of the ancient bush knowledge they were taught as boys, Botj's unique street instinct, and most importantly, on the bonds of their friendship

2000, DVD, running time 83 minutes. Includes trailers, behind the scenes and on location interviews

$40.00

AUSTRALIAN RULES
directed by Paul Goldman

Australian Rules is set in a poverty-stricken fishing town in South Australia. Prospect Bay is white dominated town, with an Aboriginal mission just out of town. This movie follows the story of its 16 year old protagonist Blacky (Nathan Phillips). Australian Rules explores the racism and bigotry of the small town and Blacky's conflicting life. The fim is based on the semi-autobiographical novel written by Phillip Gwynne: Deadly Unna. The film is a disturbing yet brilliant exploration of small town attitudes. It exposes the hidden disgraceful secrets of racism and domestic violence. Blacky representats the only link between the white and black communities in this town and it is from his point of view that we experience the racial tensions. Australian Rules is a heart-wrenching drama that exposes a violent and abusive world that many have never been exposed to. It puts the reality in your face and refuses to sugar-coat it for a mainstream audience. Featuring Nathan Phillips, Lisa Flanagan, Simon Westaway and Luke Carroll.

2002, DVD, running time 94minutes, special features include trailer and animated menu

$40.00

STONE BROTHERS
a film by Richard Frankland

When Charlie trades Eddie's favourite jacket, he unwittingly loses a sacred stone, entrusted to Eddie by his uncle, which he promised to one day return to its home in Kalgoorlie. As far as Eddie is concerned, this is the final straw and he sets off the recover the stone and reconnect with his black fella roots. But Charlie, escaping the wrath of his vengeful girlfriend, forces himself along for the ride, and Eddie's spiritual journey takes a very sharp turn off-track.On a lonely highway, the boys pick up what Charlie mistakes for a 'hot chick' only to find they are landed with Vinnie, a self obsessed Italian stallion, who claims to have been marooned in the desert by his heavy metal band. Soon after they are joined by Eddie and Charlie's drag queen cousin Regina, whose dreams of making it big on 'that Koori Idol show' are being thwarted by her manager-cum boyfriend. What ensues is a riotous trip through outback Australia as the foursome encounter a host of eccentric character, attend a literally explosive wedding ceremony, conspire to hold up an outback museum and are pursued by a vicious demon dog. Stone Bros. combines a touching story about the unpredictabilities of friendship and family with a road trip you'll never forget. Featuring Luke Carroll, Leon Burchill, David Page and Peter Phelps.

2009, DVD, running time 90 minutes

$40.00

BRAN NUE DAE
directed by Rachel Perkins

Set on the west coast of Australia Bran Nue Dae is a coming of age, comedy musical road movie, which celebrates the adventure of finding your way back home. It's a fun upbeat and feel-good movie-going experience. The cast includes Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Missy Higgins, Ernie Dingo, Magda Szubanski, Rocky McKenzie and Geoffrey Rush.
2009, DVD, running time 82minutes, special features include interviews and the making of Bran Nue Dae

$40.00

THE PROPOSITION
directed by John Hillcoat

This film is an original take on the western genre set in the sweaty, dusty outback of Queensland in the 1880s. Written by Nick Cave the story pits British colonial lawmen against white outlaws and Aborigines. The period is set before the credits with sepia photographs of colonial Australia: Aboriginal trackers, British soldiers, stiff and unsmiling, with rifles beside them. It is an unforgiving, ungiving and lawless land. The camera pans over the bodies of a family of settlers, shot in the head, lying in their beds, an infant between them. The law's violent retaliation comes in the middle of the night in a hail of gunfire and screams, decimating the shack where the outlaw gang is holed up with some Asian prostitutes. Two are captured, some die and the rest escape to the desert. An impressive international cast that includes; David Gulpilil, Leah Purcell, Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Danny Huston, Emily Watson and David Wenham.

DVD, running time 100 minutes, sub-title options

$40.00

HOLD ME TIGHT
by Scott McPhie

Inspired by actual historical events Hold Me Tight tells the story of escaped convict Allan Cameron, who flees the brutal Moreton bay Penal Colony, only to find that life on the run is in many ways harder than he expected and that freedom really is a state of mind. A DVD featuring Scott McPhie, Bevan Lea, Jane FitzGerald, Renee Bowen, Nigel Bean, Rhett Brambleby and Donny Ross.
2008, DVD, running time 32minutes, also features making of discussion (37minutes), out takes (7 minutes), alternative versions and DVD material

$40.00

SEPTEMBER
directed by Peter Carstairs

September is a film about two 16 year old boys whose friendship begins to fall apart against a turbulent and pivotal moment in Australia's recent past. Set in Western Australia in 1968, Ed and Paddy have been best friends for as long as they can remember, having grown up together. While Ed goes to school, Paddy works with his father, labouring without pay on the farm owned by Ed's father. Their two families maintain a friensdship while grappling with social and racial boundaries. At a time when the national Aboriginal Rights Movement is gathering momentum and when white farmers are finally forced to start paying wages to Aboriginal workers. The delicate, though unjust equilibrium of their relationship cannot be sustained and for the first time Paddy starts to see things as they really are.

DVD, running time 85 minutes, also features audio commentary, interviews with creative team and two short films from director

$40.00

THE FRINGE DWELLERS
directed by Bruce Beresford

A film featuring Kristina Nehm, Ernie Dingo, Bob Maza and Justine Saunders. The Fringe Dwellers is a story of a teenager living in a shantytown with her extended family. A quietly ambitious girl, Trilby Comeaway persuades her mother to move into a prosperous white neighborhood somewhat beyond their means but to Trilby's dismay, the entire extended family moves with them. With the white locals freely expressing their distaste for the new neighbors and Trilby's relationship with boyfriend resulting in an unwanted pregnancy, things are not turning out how she imagined.

1986, DVD, running time 98 minutes, also features a profile of Ernie Dingo (1992), photo montage, novel profile & theatrical trailer

$40.00

SUSAN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
written and directed by Maureen Logan

This short film is about a contemporary Aboriginal family living in northern New South Wales. With fair skin and red hair, six-year old Susan begins school and is not afraid to tell everyone that she is a Goori girl. She is teased and taunted by the other children as she is not the stereotypical Aboriginal, instead of acceptance; Susan has to defend herself continuously until one day she tells her mother. The family decides to hold a party for Susan's seventh birthday as a way of addressing these identity issues.

2006, DVD, running time 5 minutes 35 seconds

$30.00

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
Directed by Michael Mann

The Last of the Mohicans is a soaring story that is a detailed recreation of a turbulent era in American colonial history. An exciting saga of flintlocks-and-tomahawks warfare. A story of lovers caught up in the French Indian War.

DVD, running time 108 minutes, also features trailer, interactive menus & subtitles

$30.00

STEPS IN TIME
MORNINGTON ISLAND DANCE CULTURE
filmed by George Fallon of Sandtraks

This education package is designed specifically for primary and early secondary students and anyone who wants the chance to journey inside Australian Aboriginal culture. This DVD delivers a complete learning experience, a stand alone DVD with high quality, unique footage, an entertaining and informative-packed narative and featuring the vibrant Aboriginal music and dance of Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Included are flexible teaching notes developed specifically to compliment the film.

DVD, running time 45 minutes, featuring 8 chapters

$120.00

SALT WATER AND SAND TRACKS
Vol. 1 COASTAL BUSH TICKER & TURTLE CONSERVATION
Vol. 2 BUSH MEDICINE, ARTS/CRAFTS & DREAMTIME STORY
filmed by George Fallon of Sandtraks

This double DVD set has been specially designed for use across a wide range of curriculum areas. These DVDs deliver a complete learning experience, with high quality, unique footage, an entertaining and informative-packed narative. These films don't just tell you about life in an Aboriginal community, they take you there: go head-to-head with a vicious mud crab; make a didgeridoo from scratch; hunt down a kangaroo in the desert; brave the rugged coast of Arnhem Land in search of mouth-watering seafood and much more! The producers know how to speak to children so they have filmed through the eyes of children and tell their stories. The teaching notes have been developed by experienced education officers.

Double DVD set, running time 90 minutes, featuring 15 chapters

$180.00

BACK ROADS
directed by Phillip Noyce

A tale of two outsiders, on the run. One white, one black. Heading for nowhere fast. Shot on location in north western NSW and features Bill Hunter in his earliest lead role and Gary Foley, the well known political activist. This 1977 cult classic is the first feature film by Phillip Noyce and also the first time Aborigines made a creative contribition, both as actors and in the development of a feature film.

DVD, running time 57minutes (frequent coarse language & adult concepts)

$30.00

TEN CANOES
a film by Rolf De Heer and the People of Ramingining

This ground breaking film is like no others. A parable of forbidden love from Australia's mythical past, with storytelling by David Gulpilil and starring his son Jamie. Ten Canoes is a glimpse into Aborginal life centuries before Europeans settlement. Shot in and around the Aurafura Wetlands of Central Arnhem Land, Rolf De Heer and the People of Raminging have created a magnificant and timeless tale.

DVD, running time 92, extras 120 minutes, interviews, feature slideshow, short documentaries

$40.00

BENEATH CLOUDS
a film by Ivan Sen

Lena (Danielle Hall) is a fair-skinned Aboriginal girl living in a small isolated country New South Wales town. She longs for the Irish father she never really knew. One day she decides to leave the town, hitting the road with little money, a backpack and a photo of her dad. Vaughn (Damian Pitt) is an Aboriginal teenage boy in a minimum-security prison. He is hardened by his anger at the world and spends his days woking in the prison pine plantation. He is disconnected from his family, but news of his mother's illness prompts him to break out of prison in the hope of reaching her before it is to late. Vaughn meets Lena at a truck stop on the road to Sydney. Initially both are suspicious and wary of each other, but their journey, mostly on foot and the odd lift, brings them closer to their search for purpose, identity and love.

DVD, running time 90minutes, also features scene selections and trailers

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THE TRACKER
directed by Rolf De Heer, featuring David Gulpilil

This film set in 1922 features the relentless pursuit of an Aboriginal man accused of murder. When an interrogation of a small group of Aborigines turns into a massacre, paranoia sets in, and the question becomes not will the fugitive be caught, but what is black and what is white... and who is leading whom?

2002, DVD, running time 98minutes, interviews, out-takes, Peter Coad featurette, awards & festivals footage, trailers, music clip, biographies, music performed by Archie Roach

$30.00

WALKABOUT
directed by Nicolas Roeg, featuring David Gulpilil

Nicolas' Roags mystical masterpiece chronicles the physical, spiritual, and emotional journal of a sister and brother abandoned in the harsh Australian outback. Joining a young Aboriginal man - these modern children pass from innocence into experience as they are thrust from the comforts of civilisation into the savagery of the natural world. One of the most individualistic and visually accomplished filmakers of our time, Nicolas Roeg perfectly captures the tragic conflict between natural instincts and civilised behaviour.

1971, DVD, running time 100 minutes, Jenny Agutter and Nicolas Roeg commentary, motion menas, cast bios, director bio, trailers

$30.00

RABBIT-PROOF FENCE
Film based on the novel by Doris Pilkington Garimara

In the 1930s, three young girls are snatched from their mothers' arms in Jigalong, Western Australia and sent to a remote settlement at Moore River, over 2,000 kilometres away from their home. Separated from their mothers and forced to adapt to a strange new world, the girls attempt the impossible and embark on a daring escape. They begin an epic journey across an unforgiving landscape that will test the girls' very will to survive. Their one hope is to follow the rabbit-proof fence that might just guide them home.

DVD (double disc set) approximate running time 94 minutes

$30.00

 

STORM BOY
based on a novel by Colin Thiele

A boy lives with his reclusive father on South Australia's lonely and beautiful coast. Here his free spirit roams with his pet pelican, Mr Percival and his secret Aboriginal friend, Fingerbone Bill. He knows no other world. Suddenly there are intruders, the local school teacher who wants him to take lessons, a resentful wildlife ranger, duck shooters and others. He is frorced between a life of isolation or a life dealing with the outside world.

DVD, running time 87 minutes, also features stills gallery

$30.00

LOOKING BACK MOVING FORWARD
Significant Dates in Indigenous History
produced by Ian Watson

This series feature subjects of interest to educators, students, researchers and the wider community. The series was produced by award-winning journalist Ian Watson with ABC journalist Tanya Denning, and freelance editor and writer Sandra Phillips.

Set of eight Audio CDs each with 2 half hour tracks

$175.00

CULCHA DISC
Australian Indigenous Images Vol 1

This CD Rom includes 447 original artowrks by sixdiverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Clip art with a difference, for the graphic artist or as an educational resource for students and teachers. The Culcha Disc can be utilised for developing projects and programmes on Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander culture, history and lifestyle. A wide group of exemptions exist for non-commercial use without royalty - for example personal use by individuals, use by libraries, educational institutions, child care centres and community information fliers for use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities.

Clip art CD Rom

$40.00

ABORIGINAL ART & CULTURE RESOURCE KIT
with Rick Roser

Rick Roser was born in 1955 and has taught Aboriginal art and culture at thousands of school workshops and events. Rick has a lifetime of experiences to share and fully understands the needs of professional educators, students and community organisations. This CD Rom will prove a valuable resource for anyone interested in traditional art, culture and Aboriginal Studies. Activities include an easy to print out and photocopy colouring-in book, cultural essays, three short movies that link to activities, such as stone axe making, ochre painting and basket making. The disc includes over 150 clip-art images. Create your own stationery including letterheads, posters, borders and backgrounds, perfect for school certificates or special presentations.
Clip-art CD Rom, Volume 1, 2004 (limited stock) ISBN 0-9581169-9-7

$125.00

THE ABORIGINAL ART OF OCHRE PAINTING
with Rick Roser

Ochre - Ancient pigments used from time immemorial to express dreams in art. In this video Rick Roser, Aboriginal artist shows us the ochre trail. From gathering the ochre in the mountains and rivers, preparing it, on to traditional stencil art, bark painting, hunting magic and beyond. This entertaining and enlightening journey is of enduring interest to students of art and people of all ages and nationalities.

DVD, 2003, running time 22 minutes. ISBN 0-9752460-8-9

$40.00

THE ABORIGINAL ART OF STRING MAKING
with Rick Roser

String, from nets and traps to clothing and blankets. So much of our lives depend upon a basic invention and yet without machines few people today can make a single strand of string. In this video Aboriginal artist Rick Roser shows material collection, processing and actual string making the traditional Aboriginal way.

DVD, running time 28 minutes, ISBN 978-0-9803233-1-3

$40.00

THE ABORIGINAL ART OF FIRE MAKING
with Rick Roser

Fire—the most important invention in the history of the human race and still the mainstay of our existence, yet the art of fire making without modern technology is all but lost. Aborigines, have kept this ancient art alive using only two sticks and a handful of tinder Rick Roser shows the entire process step by step. Rick was born in 1955. He has taught Aboriginal art and culture at thousands of school workshops and presented spectacular fire-making performances at festivals around the world.

DVD, running time 28 minutes, ISBN 978-0-9803323-30-6

$40.00

 

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