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1968, 27 Minutes

This award-winning black and white film was designed to show how the Anindilyakwa people of Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria adjusted to a new way of life brought about by the discovery of manganese on their land. 

The writer/director described the film as “a fragmented collage of images and sounds, intended to produce a direct emotional response” and “a study of a complete cultural revolution in less than a generation”.


Co-winner, Documentary (Golden Reel Award), AFI Awards, 1968. Winner, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Film Editors of Australia Awards, 1968.

Produced by the Commonwealth Film Unit for the Department of the Interior. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director/Writer: Stefan Sargent

Year: 1968

Running Time: 27 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Of particular relevance for NSW History Stage 4 'Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History: What has been the nature and impact of colonisation on Aboriginal, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples?'


Aborigines of the Sea Coast

SKU 002106700
Brand Film Australia

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