After Dispossession

Blackfella Films and the politics of radical hope

Authored by: Felicity Collins

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415717397
eBook ISBN: 9781315678863
Adobe ISBN: 9781317392460

10.4324/9781315678863.ch18

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Abstract

This chapter explores how a Sydney-based production company, Blackfella Films, has negotiated both the legacy of settler-colonial dispossession and the potential for a new relationship between Indigenous and settler Australia in a body of work that spans two decades (see Perkins n.d.). While sketching the political context in which Blackfella Films has produced award-winning documentaries, feature films and television series since 1993, the argument will focus on the archival documentary series First Australians (Perkins and Cole 2008). It proposes that First Australians marks a shift from a trauma cinema of dispossession to an ethical cinema of resilience by retrieving templates of radical hope from the settler colonial archives.

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