Dreamings
The Art of Aboriginal Australia

Dreamings - The Art of Aboriginal Australia
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Namatjira the Painter
Australian contemporary art has no more interesting tale to tell than that of Aboriginal watercolour artist, Albert Namatjira. Namatjira was thirty years old before his hand first held a paintbrush. In about 1934 Rex Battarbee, a well-known Australian artist, visited Hermannsberg mission near Alice Springs. He took with him into…
Painting Country
Balgo Hills or Wirrimanu is located on the edge of the Tanami and Great Sandy Deserts in far North Western Australia. Despite its isolation this is home to some of Australia's most famous indigenous artists whose paintings hang in galleries and private collections around the world. Balgo art is famous…
Walking Dancing Belonging
Produced in association with Waringarri Aboriginal Arts at Kununurra in Western Australia, this moving documentary features three women who talk about their paintings as an expression of their relationship to their country. The women share a sense of belonging to their place and express this belonging through dance and song…
Artists of Ali Curung
Opened in 2008, the Arlpwe Arts Centre and Gallery, in the town of Ali Curung, 350 km north of Alice Springs, provides a focus for the work of a diverse range of Indigenous artists. Artists such as Anita Dickson, May Nampijinpa Wilson, Judy Nampijinpa Long, Valerie Nakamarra Nelson and artefact…
Images of Man
A study of the various styles of Aboriginal rock art found in Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The film is narrated by a world authority on this subject, George Chaloupka, a field anthropologist with the Museum and Art Galleries Board of the Northern Territory. He…
Mr Patterns
Papunya Tula art, commonly known as dot painting, is world renowned. Mr Patterns tells the story of Geoff Bardon who, together with the Papunya artists, was a catalyst for what many consider the greatest art movement of the 20th century. Posted as an art teacher to the government settlement at…
Emily In Japan - The Making of An Exhibition
Emily Kame Kngwarreye was an Aboriginal woman from Utopia in central Australia who began to paint on canvas when she was about 78 years old. In the 8 years before her death in 1996, she produced a staggering output of over 3,000 canvasses, some of which are now valued more…
The Art of War
Betty Churcher brings her unique perspective to a series on Australian art inspired or provoked by our involvement in conflicts over the past century. From the First World War to the "war on terror", it reveals how dramatically attitudes to war have changed, and how radically the trauma of war…
Boomalli - Five Koorie Artists
Boomalli is an artists' cooperative formed by urban Aboriginal and Koorie photographers, painters, sculptors, designers and filmmakers. This visually inspiring film focuses on contemporary rather than traditional work and ways of life. We see the work of clothing designer Bronwyn Bancroft (the first Australian fashion designer to be invited to…
An Unstoppable Force: Betty Churcher with John Olsen
Widely regarded as Australia's greatest living artist, the exuberant 80-year-old John Olsen talks with acclaimed art commentator Betty Churcher about his life's work. Still painting with all his creative energy in his studio in the NSW Southern Highlands, Olsen speaks of the influence of poetry and Spain on his art…
To Absent Friends
TO ABSENT FRIENDS is an art film with a difference - it explores the philosophies of time and space of Paula Dawson, as she takes you on a journey into an exciting art form - holographic sculpture. This program documents the making of one of Paula's holographic installations. The work…
Mabo - Life of an Island Man
MABO - LIFE OF AN ISLAND MAN is the story of a small island and an extraordinary man. Eddie Koiki Mabo was born on Murray Island in the Torres Strait, but lived most of his life in exile. Only after his death did the island wholeheartedly welcome him home. By…