This Australia Day, commemorate the history and culture of the First Australians, with a selection of great titles from Beamafilm.
Beamafilm is proud to host an extensive collection of films about Australian Aboriginal culture and history, perfect for watching this 26th of January.
“Putuparri and the Rainmakers” is a ten-year journey in the life of Tom “Putuparri” Lawford. Putuparri is a man caught between two worlds: his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation; and both his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence. “Putuparri and the Rainmakers” is an emotional, visually breathtaking story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds.
The mass slaughter of Aboriginal people that started at Coniston station in Central Australia in the harsh drought of 1928 became known as “the last massacre”. But the Walpiri people and their neighbours never saw it that way…it was just another tragedy in a long line. “Coniston” is a powerful film about Australia’s colonial history.
Award-winning journalist John Pilger brings his characteristically searing insight into the treatment of Indigenous Australians in his film “Utopia“. In a region of the Northern Territory known as “Utopia”, Indigenous Australians live in third world conditions. ‘This film is a journey into that secret country,’ says John Pilger, ‘It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance – from one utopia to another’. “Utopia” is an important film that is a must-see for all Australians.
The annual Finke Desert Race is one of the toughest in the world for cars, bikes and buggies – 500 km across the red desert of central Australia. “Black and Dusty” follows the exploits of a group of Indigenous competitors, among them Bernard Singer, Steven Tranter and Willie Orr. Also joining the race for the first time is Warwick Thornton, acclaimed filmmaker. “Black and Dusty” is an astonishing journey through Australia’s red heart.
Finally, from director Stephen Page, and starring “Cleverman”‘s Hunter Page-Lochard, “Spear” is an extraordinary celebration of Aboriginal history and dance. “Spear” follows a young Aboriginal man named Djali from North East Arnhem Land to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world. Page brings his experience as the Artistic Director of the cutting-edge Bangarra Dance Theatre to this beautiful film, with its story told almost entirely in dance.
These magnificent films, and our entire Indigenous collection, tell the story of a strong people and their history and culture. So, this Australia Day, commemorate the First Australians with Beamafilm.