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Title Media Nomads : The Thaiday Brothers (Everyday Brave)
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 27 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary Bill and Mick Thaiday are father figures in indigenous broadcasting. They've travelled about like a couple of nomads for almost two decades, developing Aboriginal radio stations in remote areas of Australia and sharing their knowledge. Both Bill and Mick have a passionate belief in the importance of Aboriginal culture being reflected in the media, and how this can reinforce the Aboriginal sense of identity and strengthen the process of self-determination. The brothers grew up on Palm Island in the 1950s under the Aboriginal Protection Act, with the sound of curfew bells a part of their daily life. The place was run like a prison but Bill remembers how the radio could take their minds away from the harsh restrictions and injustice of everyday life. After a strike in 1957, the family was moved off the island when their father was branded a troublemaker. Bill worked on the railways for several years in his teens but, as the years passed, the two brothers drifted into alcoholism, sharing bottles of cheap wine in a Townsville park. Then, in early 1980, someone asked a newly sober Bill to go to an indigenous media conference in Alice Springs...and to bring a friend. Bill picked up Mick from the park and they flew to Alice, not knowing that their lives would change forever. Media Nomads is the story of two brothers who have overcome many obstacles and who, with their families, have made more than a few personal sacrifices to bring an invaluable gift to indigenous communities. They have created their own opportunities and followed their own vision to fulfil a goal. Their aim is to give a voice to Aboriginal people where their parents and grandparents had none. A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Macumba Media Enterprises. Produced with the support of the National Council for the Centenary of Federation and in association with the Pacific Film and Television Commission and SBS Independent. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Executive Producer: Mark Hamlyn Producer: Rod Freedman Director: Donna Ives Writer: Donna Ives DOP/Cinematographer: Ralph Rigby Narrator/Presenter: Lydia Miller Featured People: Bill Thaiday, Mick Thaiday
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2002
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Thaiday, Mick
Thaiday, Bill
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Ethnic Identiy
Aboriginal Australians -- Biography.
Radio broadcasting -- Media (Ancient kingdom) -- Australia.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Ives, Donna, director, Writer
Freedman, Rod, Producer
Miller, Lydia, Narrator / Presenter
Rigby, Ralph, DOP / Cinematographer
Kanopy (Firm)