Always Was Always
Will Be
The Ballad
of Betty & Joe
Changing the Needle
Film for Discussion
I Remember 1948
My Survival as an Aboriginal
My Life as I Live It

Ordinary People

Number One Fan


> IN RELEASE   I Remember 1948 As seen on SBS TV

Personal memories of the tumultuous days of
Al Nakba, ‘the catastrophe’, May 15th 1948, when 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes.
‘If I live one thousand years, you think I will forget that?"

24 mins digibeta/DVD • 2005


Fadia Abboud
Martha Ansara,
Sohail Dahdal

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Essie Coffey's films - as broadcast on the ABC and NITV

> IN RELEASE   My Survival as an Aboriginal

Classic documentary - 1979. Singer and activist Essie Coffey, “"Bush Queen", takes us into the life of Dodge City, Brewarrina - far northwest New South Wales.

49 mins digibeta/video/DVD • Rated G 1978


Essie Coffey
Martha Ansara. Alec Morgan
Martha Ansara
Kit Guyatt
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> IN RELEASE    My Life as I Live It

Essie Coffey returns to her home in Dodge City to show what has happened in the 15 years since her last film. The Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) holds out hope.

55 mins digibeta/video/DVD • Rated G 1993

A film by: Essie Coffey • with Martha Ansara •and Kit Guyatt
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U> IN RELEASE   CTION The Ballad of Betty & Joe

Tony Barry and Alice Ansara in
The Ballad of Betty & Joe

Alone in the city, Betty dreams of fame and fortune....

"Totally charming, inventive and delightful"
........................................................ - David Stratton

12 mins HD/Digibeta

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 > IN RELEASE   Number One Fan - Laurie Nichols

The late Laurie Nichols, ‘Number One Fan’ of the Balmain Tigers and one of Rugby League’s favourite identities has been memorialised in this short documentary which features Balmain identities, including Wayne Pearce, Benny Elias, Sid Williams (scorer of the winning try in 1969), Arthur Beetson, Ray Chesterton, Alan Jones, locals, players and one very lucky cat.

"It was terrific. Great memories. Made me cry."
- Arthur Beetson

13 mins DVD

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BACK CATALOGUE Changing the Needle

Classic Documentary • 1982
A rare look at Vietnam in the immediate post-war period, concentrating on a drug rehabilitation program using acupuncture and other traditional medicines.

53 mins Digibeta/DVD

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> BACK CATALOGUE Film For Discussion

Sydney Women's Film Group • 1973 Classic

with Jeni Thornley and John Brotherton

A docu-drama revolving around feminist issues of the early Australian Women’s Liberation Movement

24 mins 16mm/VHS/DVD

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> BACK CATALOGUE Always Was Always Will Be

Significant Historical Record

Made by Robert Bropho, Martha Ansara and the Aboriginal fringe dwellers of the Swan Valley, this film documents the camp set up by a number of Aboriginal organisations to protect the Sacred Grounds of the Waugul in the middle of Perth from construction of a tourist centre and car park. Explains the sacred beliefs and historic struggle of urban Aboriginals..

33 mins DVD

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  Ordinary People

Film Australia • 2002

One Nation, one woman - the two forces collide. Colene Hughes takes us into the heartland of Australia's One Nation Party as populist leader Pauline Hanson sweeps into parliament ...
and out again.

55 mins video/DVD

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