Uploaded on Oct 30, 2008
The First Australians protest and take battles to court – one case will bring recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ownership of land for the first time since Captain Cook claimed the continent.
First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world’s greatest empire.
Over seven episodes, First Australians depicts the true stories of individuals – both black and white – caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia’s most transformative period of history.
The story begins in 1788 in Sydney, with the friendship between an Englishmen (Governor Phillip) and a warrior (Bennelong) and ends in 1993 with Koiki Mabo’s legal challenge to the foundation of Australia. First Australians chronicles the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.
A significant part of the process has been consultation with the descendants of those stories we are telling. This has been a thorough process of;
> checking the content of scripts, usually face to face
> seeking permission to film in locations
> showing the rough cut of the film for comment
> showing the film at fine cut
As Indigenous filmmakers it has been a priority to ensure the cultural content and the rights of Indigenous people to the respect of this material is considered throughout. These rights are known as Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) rights.
Rachel Perkins | Director/Writer/Producer