NSW Premier's History Awards
We've just learned that Persons Of Interest has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 NSW Premier's History Awards. The Awards are to be announced on September the 5th and are the most prestigous history award in the country.
The Award citation notes:
"Persons of Interest uses the historical record of ASIO files to good effect – showing how the agency’s films, photographs and written files can offer new insights and information for historians seeking to understand Australia’s response to the Cold War and rapid social change in the 1960s and 70s. This is combined with interviews with participants, experts and former ASIO personnel. The result is powerful and compelling viewing. "
Persons Of Interest released on DVD
Clip Of The Week
This is the first screen appearance of Australian actress Claudia Karvan. It's in our film "Going Down" She and her best friend, now film director Samantha Rebillet, were suggested for the parts by Samantha's father Chris Maudson who was the assistant director on the film. Their lively aggressive performances really bring the scene to life and provide a perfect climax to the seedy hunt for drugs being undertaken by Esben Storm and Verra Plevnik. Richard Brennan's performance as the corrupt chemist tops off this demi monde show piece. Available on DVD from our catalogue
Doco of the Year Award for Persons of Interest
In a glittering ceremony at the Paddington RSL in Sydney PERSONS OF INTEREST was named as documentary of the year by the Film Critics Circle of Australia. Given that the Award is chosen by Australia's professional film critics we're honoured to have been chosen.
The series has just been made avalaible on theage-tv and smh-tv the Fairfax media's streaming site. All four episodes are avaliable free of charge. They look great, and after more than a million people saw the series on TV we're hoping the streaming will be well supported. Below is the link that gets you to the series. Just click through to choose the episode you'd like to watch.
We're currently discussing the development of a second series with SBS and hope we will have some positive news in the next few weeks.
Christine Amphlett 1959 - 2013
On a cold night in 1981 at the Bayswater Hotel in Sydney’s King Cross. we shot a music scene for our film GOING DOWN. Henk Johannes was acting in the film, playing the part of a musician. He was in a band at the time and suggested we should use his band. They were unsigned but had a few good songs. The band was THE DIVINYLS. That night a young Chrissie Amphlett blew us all away with a voice and performance not easily forgotten. At this stage, Chrissie hadn’t yet developed her schoolgirl persona , but she had a mix of power and vulnerability that was entrancing. We shot “Boys In Town” and “Science Fiction” both of which became top ten hits when the band eventually signed with a record company.
The sequence was a winner and our film was nearly finished when Pat Lovell the producer of Monkey Grip rang to inform us that she would sue us if we included the footage in our film as she was using them in her film and had a contract! Being young and naïve and instead of telling her tostuff off we cut the scene and at our own cost reshot the whole thing with another band.
These images were captured by photographer Robert McFarlane are a lovely insight into who Christine Amphlett was. Her recent death is a sad moment for Australian music. She’ll be sorely missed.
With less than a week to the World Premiere of our ASIO series Persons Of Interest at the Melbourne Internaitonal Film Festival, we though you might be interested in some previously unseen ASIO film. Here is ASIO's surveillance of youthful threat to the State in the form of the Socialist Youth Alliance. ASIO's ongoing surveillance of groups like this which had no demonstrable capacity to carry out their ideological platform provided valuable fodder for conservative Governments capitalising on electoral fear.
Soclialist Youth Alliance Carlton, Victoria April 1971
Look at Life No.1: "ETERNITY"
An occasional film diary looking at life around us. This one is a look at the last exhibition at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern, Sydney before relocating. The theme was Eternity - the word made close to Sydney's heart by the late Arthur Stace as he wrote it millions of times on city's footpaths at night. Contributing artists include Martin Sharp, William Yang, Garry Shead, Peter Kingston, Jon Lewis.
Persons Of Interest - Opening Titles
Our four part series about people and their ASIO intelligence files is almost complete. To give you a taste - here's the opening titles. Each week this sequence will end with a different person of interest. That person will be the subject of the episode. The titles have been designed and created by Adam Thomas of Kingdom of Ludd and Music is by Charlie Chan.
OPENING TITLES - PERSONS OF INTEREST
Smart St inks sales pact with NITV
Smart St. has just reached agreement for the new National Indigenous TV network (NITV) to acquire a package of our films. The network which began broadcasting in December has purchased BACKROADS, NINGLA-A‘NA, TWO LAWS and PROTECTED.
These works are rare and important historical films about the struggle for justice and land rights by indigenous Australians. The network is rushing them to air in January. “Protected” will air on January 9th whilst “Backroads” and “Ningla-A’Na” will form a high profile double bill at prime time on Australia/Invasion Day January 26th.
Backroads, directed by Philip Noyce and starring Gary Foley and Bill Hunter is a classic road movie, Ningla - A’Na is Allessandro Cavadini’s unique record of the establishment of the Aboriginal tent embassy in 1972, Two Laws is an investigation of the relationship between the laws of white Australia and those of the people of the Borolloola community in the Northern Territory and Protected looks at the history of Palm Island, a concentration camp created to house disparate indigenous groups from around Queensland.
These films are available on DVD from smartstreetfilms.com.au
A taste of NINGLA _ A'NA
Gail Mabo and Paul Keating's Redfern speech
In December 1992 Prime Minister Paul Keating addressed a large crowd in Sydney's Redfern. For the first time an Australian Prime Minister admitted the carnage and destruction that white invasion had wrought on the Aboriginal population of the country. It was an extraordinary speech.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of the speech Gail Mabo, daughter of Eddie Mabo who prosecuted the High Court case which led to the concept of Native Title being accepted in law, made some comments on the speech and the developments in the years since it's delivery. We had a camera there to capture the moment for posterity
Gail Mabo was speaking at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern Sydney on Saturday December 8th 2012
Gail Mabo and Paul Keating's Redfern speech
Our first streaming film avalaible to watch on your computer now
We're pleased to announce that Alessandro Cavadini's historic documentary Ningla-A'Na is now available to watch via streaming on your computer. For $5.00 you can watch the whole film without the cost or delay of a DVD. This unique history of the 1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy grows more valuable each year. This year is the fortieth anniversary of what many regard as the most significant political protest in the struggle for justice and landrights for Aborigines. Ningla-A'Na captures the drama from the inside. A film you'll never forget.
To watch the film click through to it's catalogue page, click the "Rent Movie" link and enter standard info. Payment can be by paypal, credit card or debit card. It's quick and you can be watching the film within a couple of minutes.