Changing the Needle
Film For Discussion
Always Was Always Will Be



Always Was Always Will Be -- Screened NITV 2013

A testimonial record of
the ten-month long camp
at the Old Swan Brewery
in peaceful protest
against the building
of a tourist centre
on the Sacred Grounds of the Waugul,
Perth, WA - 1989


Made by
Robert Bropho
Martha Ansara
and other
working with representatives
of Trade Unions
and Churches

In 1989 a dispute over the redevelopment of the Old Swan Brewery on the Sacred Grounds of the Waugul, Kings Park, Perth, convulsed the politics of Western Australia. Its lessons are important for all who are concerned about Aboriginal rights and culture, the environment, the progressive role of Trade Unions, the integrity of the Labor Party and the social/spiritual activities of the Churches.

Made as a campaign film, Always Was Always Will Be, is a visually rich account of this historically important struggle over a sacred site and gives an insight into the living culture and beliefs of urban Aboriginal people in Western Australia.

“This is the account of the protest to protect the Ancestral First Grandmothers’ and Grandfathers’ beliefs of the Sacred Ground of the Waugul at the old Swan Brewery on the Swan River in Perth, W.A. The Western Australian Government has gotten around its own Aboriginal Heritage Act which is meant to protect sacred sites. They are trying to push through a huge tourist development against widespread opposition. The Aboriginal protesters have brought construction to a halt. They have appealed to the trade Unions and to the Federal Government for support. Their historic protest camp and coming-togetherness in the centre of the capital city has been a lesson to the Second Race of People. As Aboriginal People are custodians for this country, this their film has been made in the hope of tomorrow that justice will be done….”
33 mins • DVD •• 1989
Produced by
Jequerity Pty Ltd
and the Fringe Dwellers of
the Swan Valley
Changing the Needle: a film about drug rehabilitation in Vietnam

One of the first films
made in Vietnam
by a Western film crew
after the war

Screening 2008
Drugs & Harm Reduction
Film Festival - Barcelona

Silver Dove

Leipzig Film Festival


Broadcast on

Shot by 3 Australian women in 1981, "Changing The Needle" was the first in-depth film to be made about Vietnam's unique approach to drug rehabilitation at a time when few foreign film crews had access to Vietnam at all. The Vietnamese methods shown in the film included acupuncture, natural medicines and exercises. The program also relied on attempts to inculcate changed attitudes and on compelling addicts into a complete change of environment.
“Changing the Needle” begins in a small, crowded rehabilitation centre in a suburb of Ho Chi Minh City and travels to a remote area in the Central Highlands as a group from the drug centre is being transferred to a rural commune.
Made in a country still ravaged by war and facing a large drug problem in its aftermath, this film documents a rehabilitation program run with very few resources. It is also a rare look at Vietnam in the immediate post-war period. In hindsight, there are lessons to be drawn from the film in considering the incidence of HIV in a drug-using population. Many drug rehabilitation centres in Vietnam now have extremely high rates of HIV amongst inmates and there is likewise a high rate of relapse. This film fills in the historical background for anyone interested in Vietnam or the history of treatments for drug addiction. For migrants from Vietnam or those contemplating a visit, "Changing The Needle" is likewise rewarding viewing.

53 mins 16mm/DVD •• Rated G • 1982
Produced by Jequerity Pty Ltd [Order]
Production Martha Ansara, Mavis Robertson, Dasha Ross Screened at the 2008 International Drug and Harm Reduction Film Festival, Barcelona
Film for Discussion: pioneer film of the Women's Liberation movement



Australia's first Women's Liberation film

Nominated for Best Documentary Greater Union Awards
Sydney Film Festival

Film for Discussion was made by members of one of the first Australian groups to establish itself in the name of “Women’s Liberation”.
A docu-drama shot in 1970, but not completed until 1973, the film sought to encapsulate in an experimental form issues that were under discussion within the Women’s Liberation Movement and to thuscontribute to action for change.

24 mins 16mm/video/DVD • Rated G 1973
Produced by Sydney Women's Film Group [Order]
With Jeni Thornley & John Brotherton  
Production Martha Ansara, Chris Tillam, Julie Gibson & others Finalist: Documentary Section, Greater Union Awards, Sydney Film Festival
Study guide - to come Press Articles - to come [ [Order film]

Ordinary People: Inside One Nation


Dendy Awards 
Highly Commended

Real: Life on Film Documentary Film Festival 
Mumbai International Film Festival

Broadcast on ABC TV


Far right and anti-immigration politics are on the rise worldwide. In Australia, as in many other western countries, a new political force is drawing on the discontent of those who feel excluded from the promised benefits of globalisation. This revealing documentary follows One Nation candidate Colene Hughes over two years and two elections as her idealistic fervour slowly turns to disillusionment. Initially for Colene and her supporters, One Nation seems to offer true democracy and a way of knocking the country back into shape. But when Colene starts to question the control of party leaders, the gloves come off and, at the party's annual general meeting, the two forces collide.

55 mins video/DVD • 2002

Martha Ansara

Director Jennifer Rutherford  
Executive Producer Stefan Moore  
Narrator Tara Morice  
Editor Kit Guyatt  
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