About Ballad Films

Ballad Films (ABN 52 199 403 779) is the trading name of Martha Ansara who has been making, distributing, writing about and teaching courses on films since 1970. Martha works in various capacities with a number of associates.

Our office is located in a small, multicultural suburb of Sydney – readily accessible by public transportation. [For Map click here]

Our films are primarily about social issues – and include three close collaborations with grassroots indigenous activists. Our most recent short drama, The Ballad of Betty & Joe, is a silent comedy which likewise arises from an engaged spirit.

Our films have been produced with finance from private investors as well as with support from a range of Australian organizations, including:

• Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander Commission
• Australian Broadcasting Corporation,
• Australian Film Commission
• Australian Film Finance Corporation
• Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander Studies
• City of Sydney
• Film Australia
• Film & Television Institute (Western Australia)
• Freedom From Hunger (now Oxfam)
• Metro Screen, Sydney
• New South Wales Film & Television Office
• SBS Television (Special Broadcasting Service)
• The SEARCH Foundation

And a large number of trade union, community and peace organisations.

Martha Ansara researches and writes about Australian cinema, particularly on historical subjects, documentary and cinematography. She has conducted a large number of oral histories of Australian filmmakers which are located in the National Film and Sound Archive.

Ballad Films • Martha Ansara ABN 52 199 403 779

1 Hampden Street Hurlstone Park NSW 2193 Australia
Tel: +612 9573 1886 Contact Us