WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia) News

Background to ‘Utopia’,
John Pilger’s documentary film about Aboriginal people in Australia

Newsletter date: 15 January 2014

This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/01/15/background-to-utopia-john-pilgers-documentary-film-about-aboriginal-people-in-australia

“The Premiere of Utopia was held at the London National
Film Theatre (BFI South Bank) on Thursday 3 October 2013.
A large crowd attended the screening and many signed a
message calling for Treaties to be negotiated between
Aboriginal Nations and the Australian Government.”

“When John Pilger returns to Australia’s outback for his
new feature documentary “Utopia” he finds that little has
changed since his making “The Secret Country” in 1985. In
his new film Utopia, John says that until white Australia
negotiates a genuine Treaty with Indigenous Australia, it
can never claim its own nationhood.”

Respect and Listen – ‘Utopia’: http://www.respectandlisten.org/miscellaneous/docos/utopia.html

– Main Websites

Utopia – A film by John Pilger
http://utopiajohnpilger.co.uk/
“Drawing on his long association with the first people of
his homeland Australia, Utopia is both an epic portrayal of
the oldest continuous human culture, and an investigation
into a suppressed colonial past and rapacious present.”

JohnPilger.com – the films and journalism of John Pilger
http://johnpilger.com/
“Utopia, a new, epic film on Australia by John Pilger, will
be released in Australia in January 2014. The film has been
named among the top films of 2013.”

Respect and Listen: Docos: ‘Utopia’
http://www.respectandlisten.org/miscellaneous/docos/utopia.html
http://www.respectandlisten.org/miscellaneous/docos/

– Upcoming Events

Utopia – All Screenings
http://utopiajohnpilger.co.uk/showings

– Compilations

WGAR News: John Pilger: Utopia is one of the most urgent films I have made: The Guardian (12 Jan 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/01/11/wgar-news-john-pilger-utopia-is-one-of-the-most-urgent-films-i-have-made-the-guardian
“Contents:
* Respect and Listen: ‘Utopia’ film has been named among the top five films of 2013
* Respect and Listen: John Pilger’s video message about Utopia
* Respect and Listen: Utopia website
* Celeste Liddle, Tracker: Utopia: An Aboriginal perspective
* Chris Graham, Tracker: Utopia: The inside story
* The Guardian: John Pilger’s Utopia: meet Felicity and Basil Hayes of Whitegate town camp – video
* The Guardian: John Pilger’s Utopia: Meet Patricia Morton-Thomas – video
* The Guardian: John Pilger: Utopia is one of the most urgent films I have made
* New Events as of 11 Jan 14: John Pilger’s film ‘Utopia’:
January February & March 2014:
Sydney, Perth, Jervis Bay, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide & Armidale … ”

WGAR News: How to support the Aboriginal people in their struggle for justice: JohnPilger.com (26 Dec 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/26/wgar-news-how-to-support-the-aboriginal-people-in-their-struggle-for-justice-johnpilgerco
“Contents:
* John Pilger, The Stringer: John Pilger goes back to his homeland to investigate Australia’s dirtiest secret
* JohnPilger.com : How to support the Aboriginal people in their struggle for justice
* Upcoming Australian screenings of John Pilger’s documentary film, ‘Utopia’
* WGAR News: Interview – John Pilger exposes Australia’s shocking secret in Utopia: Australian Times (24 Nov 13)
* Respect and Listen: Utopia
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention … ”

WGAR News: Interview – John Pilger exposes Australia’s shocking secret in Utopia: Australian Times (24 Nov 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/11/23/wgar-news-interview-john-pilger-exposes-australias-shocking-secret-in-utopia-australian-t
“Contents:
* Paddy Gibson, Socialist Worker: Utopia: The brutal theft of a continent goes on in Australia
* Australian Times: Interview – John Pilger exposes Australia’s shocking secret in Utopia
* Niall Mulholland, from The Socialist: An interview with the maker of Utopia, John Pilger
* The Stringer: John Pilger – ‘Utopia’ – launches in Australia in January
* JohnPilger.com : “Utopia will be launched in Australia in January”
* JohnPilger.com : Utopia reviews
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention … ”

WGAR News: In the lucky country of Australia apartheid is alive and kicking: John Pilger, The Guardian (8 Nov 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/11/07/wgar-news-in-the-lucky-country-of-australia-apartheid-is-alive-and-kicking-john-pilger-th
“Contents:
* John Pilger, The Guardian: In the lucky country of Australia apartheid is alive and kicking
* New Internationalist magazine interview: John Pilger: Australia’s silent apartheid
* The Guardian: John Pilger’s Utopia: watch the world exclusive trailer – video
* The Stringer: Stealing A Nation [a documentary by John Pilger and Chris Martin] … ”

WGAR News: Premiere of John Pilger’s documentary film ‘Utopia’ held at London National Film Theatre (11 Oct 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/10/11/wgar-news-premiere-of-john-pilgers-documentary-film-utopia-held-at-london-national-film-t
“Contents:
* ‘concerned Australians’: John Pilger’s film “UTOPIA”
* Café Whispers: Notes from London [Featuring John Pilger’s documentary ‘Utopia’]
* Economic Voice: ‘Utopia’ by John Pilger released in UK on 15th November
* A new John Pilger film, Utopia, to be released in UK cinemas in November”

WGAR News: Tiga Bayles interview with John Pilger: First Nations Peoples and the new Film ‘Utopia’ (5 May 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/04/wgar-news-tiga-bayles-interview-with-john-pilger-first-nations-peoples-and-the-new-film-u
“Contents:
* Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews John Pilger about his life long support for First Nations Peoples and his new Film ‘Utopia’
* Respect and Listen: Docos: The Secret Country: A special message from John Pilger
* Respect and Listen: Docos: The Secret Country: Guest Speaker Sue Gillett
* Respect and Listen: Docos: The Secret Country: Some Statistics – Then and Now [from Paddy Gibson]
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: John Pilger on racism in Australia
* Therese Mortensen, Amnesty International Australia: No more secrets
* Candace Sutton, The Australian: Aboriginal squalor among Australia’s ‘dirtiest secrets’ says expat
* Paul Bleakley, Australian Times: Treatment of Indigenous Australians our “dirtiest little secret”, says Pilger
* New John Pilger film, Utopia, to be broadcast on ITV and released worldwide
* The Guardian Audio Edition: John Pilger on the plight of Aboriginal Australians”

WGAR News: Australia’s boom is anything but for its Aboriginal people: John Pilger, The Guardian (1 May 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/30/wgar-news-australias-boom-is-anything-but-for-its-aboriginal-people-john-pilger-the-guard
“Contents:
* John Pilger, The Guardian: Australia’s boom is anything but for its Aboriginal people … ”

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See these Northern Territory (NT) webpages:

Background to Dismantling the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) – 99 year leases
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/31/background-to-dismantling-the-aboriginal-land-rights-act-nt-99-year-leases

Background to Aboriginal Community Living Area Land Reform in the Northern Territory (NT)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/12/background-to-aboriginal-community-living-area-land-reform-in-the-northern-territory-nt

Background to the Protect Arnhem Land Campaign, Northern Territory (NT)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/10/02/background-to-the-protect-arnhem-land-campaign-northern-territory-nt-australia

Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in NT, Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

Background to the NT Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-the-nt-alcohol-mandatory-treatment-bill-northern-territory-government-austr

Background to ‘Keeping Them Home’: Campaign against Forced Aboriginal Adoption in the NT
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-keeping-them-home-campaign-against-forced-aboriginal-adoption-in-the-nt-aus

Background: Calls for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be subject to Human Rights scrutiny
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/07/background-calls-for-stronger-futures-laws-to-be-subject-to-human-rights-scrutiny

Background to support for the Yolngu statement and opposition to the Stronger Futures laws

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/background-to-support-for-the-yolngu-statement-and-opposition-to-the-stronger-futures-law

Background to the Ampilatwatja Anti-Intervention Walk-off – Northern Territory (NT), Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/21/background-to-the-ampilatwatja-anti-intervention-walk-off-northern-territory-nt-australia

Background to NT Aboriginal candidates in the 2013 Australian Federal elections
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/09/01/background-to-nt-aboriginal-candidates-in-the-2013-australian-federal-elections

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WGAR background info web-pages:
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/03/about-wgar-news-wgar-background-info-web-pages

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