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Casting nearby for extras

Have you ever wondered how all those people in the background of a film or television drama are chosen? Mary Torrens, a Bundjalung woman from Casino in New South Wales, is the Extras Casting Coordinator for the Indigenous Australian television series 'The Gods of Wheat Street'. Her community connections have enabled her ...

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Embedding Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum

This website presents a range of professional learning and digital resources to support teachers in incorporating Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum. It provides resources that enable Australian teachers and students to value, understand and explore Indigenous cultures, languages, histories and stories.

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Yolngu Boy, 2000: Three friends reunited

This clip shows three teenage Yolngu boys, Lorrpu (John Sebastian Pilakui), Milika (Nathan Daniels) and Botj (Sean Mununggurr), all of whom live in north-eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The clip opens with Lorrpu dreaming about the first initiation ceremony the three friends were involved in as young boys. ...

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Yellow Fella, 2005: Looking for father

This clip shows scenes from the life of Tommy E Lewis as he prepares to set off on a journey to find his biological father's grave. It includes shots of southern Arnhem Land, Lewis's mother's and his own domestic life, a ceremonial dance, and footage from the film 'The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith', in which Lewis starred ...

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Yolngu Boy, 2000: Petrol sniffing

This clip shows Botj (Sean Mununggurr), who has broken into the Women's Community Centre, sniffing petrol. As he looks at a painting with traditional Indigenous symbols he begins to hallucinate and then goes on a rampage, smashing up the Centre. He attacks a painting of his totem, Baru the crocodile, venting his anger on ...

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Stolen Generations, 2000: Never the same again

This clip portrays the experiences of Daisy Howard, a member of the Stolen Generations who was taken from her family at the age of 2. The clip begins by showing archival black-and-white footage of Indigenous children at the Beagle Bay Mission in Western Australia lining up to go into a church. The clip then cuts to a modern ...

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Rachel Perkins on the power of filmmaking

This is a video that shows Rachel Perkins, an Arrernte woman and filmmaker, discussing the power of filmmaking. Rachel discusses the multifaceted nature of filmmaking and its power to encourage empathy. The resource contains a two-paragraph summary of her ideas, as well as a Discussion points section with additional reading ...

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Rachel Perkins on First Australians

This is a video that shows Rachel Perkins, an Arrernte woman and filmmaker, discussing her television series 'First Australians'. Rachel talks about wanting to give Indigenous people a voice in Australia's history. She discusses William Barak, a civil rights pioneer, and mentions social values and their relationship to ...

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...

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Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...

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Sharing stories: films by location

This is a map providing links to films about culture, ancestral beings, beliefs and country from eight Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia. The films are 'The story of Girbar' from the Thabu clan; 'Miiku and Tinta' from the Umpila people; 'Moon and the gecko' from the Paakantji people; 'Bunjil ...