It's high summer in Australia, the surf is up and everyone is on holidays. What could be better? It's a long weekend to celebrate Australia Day the country's national day. But for many it's invasion day commemorating the day in 1788 when the British claimed the whole continent for their king. Unfortunately they hadn't consulted the locals about it and proceeded to drive them off their land, take their children and commit what we would today regard as crimes against humanity.
Late on the night of January 27th, 1972 the single biggest act of protest in the struggle for Aboriginal justice began. A small group of men drove to Canberra and set up a tent under which they intended to sit until land rights were granted the the 'first Australians'. The Aboriginal Tent Embassy had begun. It's impact embarrassed the conservative Government and reverberated around the world. NINGLA - A'NA is a documentary film shot in and around the Embassy providinh an intimate insight into what happened and why. It is a unique social document which becomes more valuable as the years pass. We have it on DVD in our catalogue along with an important selection of other Aboriginal films including TWO LAWS, PROTECTED AND BACKROADS.
This unique photograph was taken by Noel Hazard, staff photographer for the Communist Party newspaper The Tribune, who drove the protesters to Canberra. This picture was taken in the middle of the night, minutes after the umbrella was pitched and before the authorities knew what was happening.
For all those who went missing during art classes here's Reg Mombassa mixing fine art and palaeontology as only he can. Taken from our film GOLDEN SANDALS, it's an insight into a man who has made us laugh and dance for more than 30 years. From Mental As Anything to Mambo, Reg has revealed a unique view of reality and whilst his grasp on it may be a bit dodgy at times, he can see things which are invisible to the rest of us - and maybe not there at all.