Dreamings - The Art of Aboriginal Australia


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1988, 30 Minutes

The art of Aboriginal Australia is celebrated in Dreamings - The Art of Aboriginal Australia as we journey into the nation's sacred heartland to see traditional artists at work. The artists talk about their work: its association with the land and its spiritual connection with their people, the animals and plants.

The film explores the meanings behind the works, from acrylic dot paintings of the Central Desert to cross-hatched bark paintings and burial poles of northern Australia, as it allows the viewer access to the oldest continuous art tradition in the world.

A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director: Michael Riley

Writers: Jennifer Isaacs, Michael Riley, Denise Hunter

Producers: Janet Bell (Producer), Tony Wilson (Associate Producer)

Narrator: Lydia Miller

Year: 1988

Running Time: 30 Minutes

Classification: G

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts; Cultural Studies; Indigenous Studies; English K-10 Cultural perspectives - Insights into Aboriginal experiences in Australia; Studies of Society and Environment/Human Society and Its Environment (SOSE/HSIE).


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SKU 198704000
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