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Producers & Distributors of High Quality Australian Film and Television

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who we are, what we've got in development plus bits about our heros.

News

NITV screens our films prime time

This Saturday, January 26th is Australia Day or better known as Invasion Day to Aboriginal Australia.  The new indigenous network NITV will be screening two of our films in prime time.  At 8.00 p.m. Alessandro Cavadini's documentary about the Aboriginal Tent Embassy NINGLA-A'NA will air for the first time. The screening is 41 years to the day after the Embassy was established in 1972.  This film has become a unque historical document being the only film made in conjunction with the protesters themselves.

At 9.30 international Director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence & The Quiet American) started making dramas with this film - BACKROADS.  It's a great road movie starring Australian screen legend Bill Hunter and black activist Gary Foley.  Two drifters cruise the backroads of New South Wales chased by police.  Derek Malcolm of the U.K. Guardian called it one of the best road movies.  This is the first local film to have Aboriginal creative input at every stage of the production and it shows. Some of the best dialogue in an Australian film.  By turns funny, tense, and tragic this is a newly mastered copy which should not be missed.

These films the question  "What's change in the years since they were made.  Anything?"

Both films are available on DVD from our catalogue

BACKROADS

TORCH A CAR PICK UP A FROG

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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

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

 

 

 

Lost Negatives Of Screen Classic Found

In a strange and very happy twist of fate we’ve found the master negatives of our film PANDEMONIUM that had been lost for more than twenty years. The negatives, which had been held in a storage unit and then moved and paperwork lost. For the last few months we have been working our way back through a number of companies as each was taken over by another entity until we found someone who recalled them. “Not much chance,” he said. “We throw stuff out after seven years if we don’t have other instructions.” What a sinking feeling a comment like that engenders. Anyway we held our breath and two weeks later an email came through. Wonder of wonders - for some reason the negative and soundtracks had not been thrown away. No one knew why but a courier later and they were in our office waiting to go down to the National Film & Sound Archive where they will be stored safely.

Pandemonium is one of the most controversial feature films made in this country and while some people have been offended, many more love it. Trapped in a disused movie studio a young girl finds out why her parents tried to kill her at Ayers Rock. The tenants in the studio leave something to be desired… 

                                                                                         Pandemonium