Australian History, English, Media Studies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Studies
by Beverley Paine, May 2019
Ages are my guide only - please review the film yourself before showing your child. Different children have different life experiences and some may find scenes in these movies confronting and challenging. You know your children and your values best - be guided by them.
Films with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples content.
Rabbit Proof Fence
Intense drama about three Aboriginal children walking across the desert attempting to reunite with their parents after being removed (Stolen Generation)
Tells 2 different but connected stories about Aboriginal life before colonisation.
Bran Nue Dae
A rebellious boy runs away from a Catholic boarding school and tries to hitchhike to his Aboriginal home
Based on a true story about young Aboriginal women wanting to make a career as singers in Australia at the time of the Vietnam War
We of the Never Never
Based on the life of Jeannie Gunn and her life on a remote cattle station in the early 1900s
Samson and Delilah
Love story involving two 14 year old Aboriginal kids living in a remote community (substance abuse, poverty, addiction, teen romance)
Set in the Northern Territory in the early 20th century, a young Aboriginal girl is brought up by the station owners and is caught between two cultures.
Set in 1830, an Aboriginal woman travels to the coast in search of her vanished tribe.
Set in 1922 an Aboriginal tracker has to track an Aboriginal man suspected of murdering a white woman.
Where the Green Ants Dream
Story about an Aboriginal communities efforts to prevent a mining company destroying sacred land.
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
A young Aboriginal man searching for a place to belong becomes a victim of racism and revenge.
Three boys dream of becoming great hunters but their lives become complicated by the lure of football, street cred, rap and alcohol.
Three sisters reunite for their mother's funeral and reconcile dark family secrets.
Depicts the incompatabilities fo the Aboriginal and Anglo-Australia world views by telling the story of a young man's aspirations to escape the cycle of self-destructive behaviour in his community.
Aboriginal man Charlie takes off to live a traditional life, out of sorts with the Intervention and sets of a chain of unexpected events.
Tells the story of Eddie Mabo who spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.
One Night the Moon
Set in 1932 a small girl goes missing and the father refuses to allow a local Aboriginal tracker to lead the search.
The Tall Man
Based on the true story of a violent clash between police and Aborigines on Palm Island
Searching for his son, a man crosses the remote Kimberley landscape, meeting amazing characters along the way.
10 year old Daniel, who lives in a remote community yearns to be a gangster
TV series telling the powerful stories of 6 inner city households changed by a seemingly insignicant incident
11 year old Whelen and his community outsmart an Army exercise held in the Torres Strait Islands
This documentary tells the story of three Aboriginal people who were taken from their families between 1910 and 1970 and documents the removal of children in what has become known as the Stolen Generation
The Djarn Djarns
11 year old Frankie performs as a cultural dancer - a story of mateship.
City kid Jason is sent to live with his grandfather and learn the traditional ways of his people
Two Big Boys
Two brothers have to work together to overcome a problem.
Vote Yes for Aborigines
Documentary about the 1967 Referendum and the fight for Aboriginal citizen rights
4 part documentary detailing Charles Perkins activism leading up to the 1967 Referendum and a trip across the country in a bus to raise awareness.
A Dying Shame
Details the desperate situation of Aboriginal health in Australia, 1997
A behind the scenes look at grassroots Aboriginal footbal, following a year in the life of an outback footy team
A thought provoking comedy which takes a sarcastic look at racial stereotypes where the situation is swapped - and Aborigines take over and act like white people.
Directory Phillip Noyce's first feature film, set in the 1970s, about three men on the run from police.
Benny and the Dreamers
Documentary about the extraordinary story of the Pintupi peoples' first meeting with the white world. 1993
TV series follows the exploits of engaging Aborigines as they travel throughout Australia
Conflict arises in a small outback community after an Aboriginal man is found dead in his cell and 'pay back' is allowed.
Films set in Australia
Ladies in Black
Set in 1950s about a girl who takes a job in a prestigious department store
Set in 1969 about Australia's role in televising Apollo 11 landing on the moon.
A Town Like Alice
Set during World War II this is a love story that traverses three continents and two decades (war themes)
My Brilliant Career
Set in the late 1800s about a young girl who dreams of becoming a famous writer (feminist issues)
An aging couple decide to move from Melbourne to the Queensland countryside (end of life issues)
The Man from Snowy River
Set in the 1800s based on Banjo Patterson's poem, about life in the bush, cattle muster and horses
Set in the 1980s tells the tale of a family determined to save their home from being compulsory purchased to make way for a aeroplane runway (courtroom, family drama)
A maverick dancer risks his career with an unknown partner in a dance competition (prejudice, class issues)
Looking for Alibrandi
Teen girl struggles to cope with her everyday existance (identity, immigration, prejudice)
The Heartbreak Kid
A coming of age relationship between a teacher and a wild spirited student (prejudice, multicultural issues)
Socially awkward young woman from dysfunctional family steals money to finance her desire to get married (identity issues)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Story of two drag queens and a transgender woman who journey across Australia with the aim of performing in the outback
A family is torn apart when their baby is taken by a dingo on a family holiday in the outback (media and courtroom themes)
Two teenage girls try to join the surfing scene (identity, belonging, coming of age, sex, substance abuse issues)
A teenager comes of age in a small beachside town in the 1970s
The adventures of a swagman and his daughter in the 1940s
Children thwart the efforts of theives.
A young boy lives on the Coorong with his father and with the help of an Aboriginal friend looks after and protects pelicans
A 10 year old deaf and mute boy runs away to a deserted island and befriends an Italian fisherman (identify, outcasts)
A Bush Christmas
Three children go after crooks who stole the family's racehorse on a remote Australian farm
Two children explore the Aboriginal legend of a monster in a nearby quarry lake
Three amateur prospectors strike it lucky and find a huge nugget then have to deal with infighting and theives.
The Last Frontier
A single mother from Los Angeles marries an Australian cattle rancher who dies shortly after she and her children arrive on the farm (drought, poverty themes)
The story of the horses used in World War I: none came home.
Playing Beatie Bow
About a child transported back in time to the early days of Sydney.
The antics of members of a local bowling club to save it from a takeover by a ruthless business man.
Crocodile Dundee 1&2
An Aussie outback bush man and crocodile hunter from the Northern Territory is convinced to visit New York.
Dylan is determined to compete in a paper plane making competition in Japan, but his dad is too grief-stricken by the accidental death of his mother: warm hearted, sensitive
Robbery Under Arms
Two brothers join their father in Captain Starlight's bush ranger gang in 19th century
The true story of an Australian racehorse that became a champion in the 1930s with the help of a local stable boy.
Tells the true story of a farmer who trains a dog to protect a penguin sanctuary.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Set in Victoria in 1900, a group of school girls go missing on an excursion to Hanging Rock with their teacher.
Based on a true story about a dog searching for his one time maters and manages to unite a community
Red Dog True Blue
The prequel to Red Dog, tells the story of the relationship between Red Dog and his young owner.
Set in the 1800s a small boy thinks a swagman is Father Christmas
A man with a passion for barbecuing enters an international barbecue competition with hilarious results
TV series set during the 1920s tells the story of a run-away who works on a paddle steamer on the River Murray
Dot and the Kangaroo
Animation - a young girl gets lost in the Australian bush and is befriended by a kangaroo
Blinky Bill (2015)
Animation - a young koala journeys across the outback looking for his missing father and finds adventure
The Year my Voice Broke
Set in 1962 a young boy watches his first love fall for an older boy, a thuggish rugby player.
ages 15The Last Outlaw
Sequel to The Year My Voice Broke, set in the 1960s, a young teen falls in love with an African girl studying at a nearby boarding school.
The Last Outlaw
Four part mini series, tells the story of Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Set in 1900, three school girls mysteriously go missing while on an excursion to Hanging Rock
Harp in the South
Portrays teh life a Catholic Irish family living in an inner Sydney slum in the 1940s
Poor Mans Orange
Set in the 1950s the Darcy family struggle to build a better life (sequel to Harp in the South, themes of immigration, poverty, etc)
All The Rivers Run
TV series following the adventures aboard a paddle steamer of a young woman orphaned after she is shipwrecked in Victoria.
Brides of Christ
Six part TV series documenting the life of a young nun in 1960s Australia
A satirical TV show that follows the production of a TV current affairs program in mid 1990s
A satirical TV show about a government department responsible for planning and development
Seven Little Australians
Set in the 1880s, tells the story and adventures of a family living in Sydney.
TV series featuring stories about children and where they live at different times in history, based on the book by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins.
Against the Wind
Historical mini series portraying the British rule of Ireland and the development and colonisation of New South Wales.
The Man from Snowy River
Loosely based on Banjo Patterson's famous poem, set in the 1890s, a young man gets a job on a ranch and helps to capture wild horses in the alpine region of Australia.
TV series based on the devastation to Darwin caused by cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve 1974
Australia The Time Travellers Guide
A documentary about Australia that travels across the land and back in time.
The Stamp of Australia
Documentary following the development of Australia's postal service and the legends and characters who pioneered it against the tyranny of distance
Arthur Phillip Governor Sailor Spy
A documentary about Australia's first governor.
Four part documentary exploring how people arrived and thrived on Australia, spanning 50,000 years.
Australian History in Colour
Documentary with historical footage, looking at pivotal moments in Australian history.
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