1950, 48 Minutes
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 film’s essential message is “We want them. We need them”. It presents an idealised Australia, “a happy, smiling land” where people are generally friendly and accepting despite some xenophobia, and it echoes the government policies of decentralisation and assimilation.
An Australian National Film Board Production. Produced by the Department of Information for the Department of Immigration.
© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Producer/Director: Doc K Sternberg
Principal Cast: John Fernside (The Editor), Eric Reiman (Father), Xenia Dauguvet (Mother), Ailita Blumanis (Daughter), Son (Ivor Kauniste), Buchanan Braynard (The Doctor), Shirley Patterson (The Sister), Sidney Chambers (The Sister), Dora Norris (His Wife), George Simpson-Lyttle (Brickworker), Alan Ricketts (Brickworker), Ossie Wenban (The Postmaster)
Running Time: 48 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: English, Australian History, SOSE/HSIE. Of particular relevance for NSW History Stage 6 'Belonging'. Relevant for tertiary studies in areas such as History, Cultural, Immigration and Refugee Studies.