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Title Contact / Director: Butler, Martin
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (52 min. 33 sec.) ; 316315244 bytes
Summary *Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program contains images and voices of people who have died*In 1964 Yuwali was 17 when her first contact with 'whitefellas' was filmed. Now at 62 she tells the story behind this extraordinary footage.Her group of twenty were the last remnant Aboriginal mob still living traditionally, without any contact or knowledge of modern Australia, in the remote Great Sandy Desert.A huge space rocket test - Blue Streak - was to be fired in May 1964 at their home in the dry Percival Lakes. The authorities sent in patrol officers to evacuate anyone living there to protect them from rocket debris. The days counting down to blast-off drive the narrative of the film. Back at the Lakes, Yuwali gives a riveting account as she and her group are chased hundreds of kilometres around the desert trying to escape the 'devilmen' in the 'rocks that move' (four wheel drives). The climax is both extraordinary and emotional.PRODUCTION DETAILS:A Screen Australia and Contact Films co-production in association with Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Event Broadcast 2010-03-04 at 21:25:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.
Blue Streak rocket.
Mardu (Australian people)
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Testing.
Woomera Rocket Range.
Western Australia -- Western Desert.
Form Streaming video
Author Butler, Martin, director
Dean, Bentley, director
Long, Terry, contributor
Nixon, Yuwali, contributor