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MIPTV Picks ’09 – First Australians

This acclaimed seven-part series has already proven successful in its home territory, with over 2.6 million tuning in to its SBS airing. Having worked on the project for six years, Aboriginal filmmakers Rachel Perkins and Darren Dale have produced a powerful and comprehensive document of a people, their struggles and resilience.
March 18, 2009


This acclaimed seven-part series has already proven successful in its home territory, with over 2.6 million tuning in to its SBS airing. Having worked on the project for six years, Aboriginal filmmakers Rachel Perkins and Darren Dale have produced a powerful and comprehensive document of a people, their struggles and resilience. Part of a larger multimedia initiative incorporating webisodes, an outreach program and a book, the series combines rare archival footage (some 60 hours of interviews were sourced) and photographs with current interviews with historians and prominent Aboriginal leaders.
Partners: Blackfella Films/First Nation Films Pty Ltd, SBS, Screen Australia, New South Wales Film & Television Office, South Australian Film Corporation, ScreenWest LotteryWest; distributed through SBS Content Sales
Length: 7 episodes: 1x 70 minutes, 6 x 52 minutes
Aired: October 2008 (SBS)
Rights available: All worldwide excluding US

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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