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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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