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No Strangers Here
No Strangers Here is a fictionalised account of a family of "new Australians" arriving in their new home town. The family (mum, dad, girl and boy) are displaced persons from Northern and Eastern Europe. Produced for the Department of Immigration during the migrant boom that followed World War Two, the…
Life in Australia Series
Made by the Department of Immigration in the mid 1960s to entice immigrants from Great Britain, this series visits state capitals and regional centres around the nation to promote an idyllic picture of life in Australia. Part travelogue, it tours points of interest around the towns, but the emphasis is…
Admission Impossible
Following World War Two, one of the largest mass migrations in history took place. More than five million people came to Australia, transforming it into the most multicultural country on earth. However, this was never meant to be. For much of the 20th century, successive Australian governments pursued a policy…
Growing Up and Going Home
Alemayehu, Sisay and Eleni are three young Ethiopians who were adopted in the mid 1990s by an extended Australian family. At the time, part of that life-changing experience was recorded in an award-winning documentary (Little Brother, Little Sister). Ten years on, the two brothers (aged 19 and 16) and their…
The Australian Experience: Populate or Perish
Part of the Series: The Australian Experience
Europeans declared Australia terra nullius - an empty land. This lie enabled them to take possession of land occupied for thousands of years by Aboriginal people, yet the number of whites in Australia remained small until after the Second World War. In the post-war years, government sponsored immigration schemes brought…
The Migrant Experience: Setting Out
Part of the Series: The Migrant Experience
Setting Out presents a condensed general history of migration to Australia over 200 years, surveying the chief events in Australian and world history that have influenced our migration patterns and immigration laws. Combining contemporary and historical experiences, it illustrates the complexities of migrating to a new home. Particular attention is…
Ordinary People
Far right and anti-immigration politics are on the rise worldwide. In Australia, as in many other western countries, a new political force is drawing on the discontent of those who feel excluded from the promised benefits of globalisation. Rejecting the new world order and its transformation of their economies and…
Flowers and the Wide Sea
Flowers and the Wide Sea is the story of one of Australia's oldest immigrant communities - the Chinese. Chinese Australians tell of their ancestors and of themselves. Archival film and photographs rarely seen before show life as it is and was in China, Hong Kong and Australia over a period…
Infamous Victory - Ben Chifley's Battle for Coal
This is a story of coal, communism, and the Australian prime minister who went to war against his own during the national miners' strike of 1949. Using rare archival footage and re-creations based on meticulous research, the dramatised documentary takes viewers into the corridors of power to show how Labor…
Rogue Nation
Historian Michael Cathcart tells the epic story of how the colourful characters of early colonial Australia transformed a penal settlement into a land with rights and opportunity in a mere 40 years. This sweeping two-part dramatised documentary covers formative events in Australia's history, including the Rum Rebellion and early court…
Trafficked: The Child Sex Trade
The trafficking of women and children for prostitution is a global problem. The United Nations estimates that more than one million children are forced into sexual slavery each year. Some of them are trafficked into Australia. This powerful documentary follows former police officer turned private investigator, Chris Payne as he…
Postwar Flight and Expulsion
After the war, the West saw a measure of stability, whereas Eastern Europe was chaotic as displaced populations and refugees shifted among new political territories in the wake of the Yalta and Potsdam conferences. Witness the travails of some of these populations, including ethnic Germans, refugees from Soviet rule, and…