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Title Coniston / Director: Batty, David
Published Australia : ABC1, 2013
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Summary *Violence*More than 80 years after the brutal slaughter of 100 or more Aboriginal people in Central Australia, their descendants relate their story. Known as 'the last massacre', expeditions set out in August 1928 to mow down innocent people across the traditional lands of the Warlpiri people and their neighbours to avenge the killing of dingo trapper Fred Brooks at the hands of a Warlpiri man, Bullfrog, for taking liberties with Brook's wife.It is also the tragic tale of Australian contact history: dispossession by pastoralists and the struggle over resources in a drought-afflicted land.These are often painful and violent stories. The last survivor tells of his father's brutal slaying, and son of the tracker and horse 'tailer' Alex Wilson who accompanied Constable George Murray on the killing raids, tells of his father's involvement. The memories of those times are so disturbing that they've never been able to return to where the killings took place.But there are also stories of survival and resilience, and of an underlying pride in the ongoing strength of Warlpiri culture and traditions.Bullfrog's son gives an animated account of his father's escape and others recall Bullfrog's use of powerful magic to elude capture.Using re-enactments, historical images and footage of the community preparing to make the film, and shooting it, Coniston builds movingly to its conclusion that the injustices of the past must be acknowledged as part of the healing process.Coniston is a recent winner of an ATOM Award.PRODUCTION DETAILS:Written and directed by David Batty and Francis Jupurrurla Kelly, Producer Jeni McMahon, Executive Producers Susan Locke and Jeni McMahon, Produced by PAW Media and Rebel Films, Produced and developed with the assistance of the Indigenous Department of Screen Australia, and in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and with the assistance of Screen Territory
Event Broadcast 2013-01-14 at 21:30:00
Notes Classification: M
Subject Man-woman relationships.
Warlpiri language.
Warlpiri (Australian people) -- Social life and customs.
Form Streaming video
Author Batty, David, director
Jupurrurla Kelly, Francis, director
Jangala Fryer, Gregory, cast
Jakamarra Wilson, Albert, contributor
Jampijinpa Nolan, Dinny, contributor
Jangala Cook, Jack, contributor
Japangardi Jones, Harry, contributor
Jungarrayi Kelly, Ned, contributor
Jupurrurla Kelly, Francis, contributor
Kngwarraye Thompson, Tommy, contributor
Nangala Rankine, Audrey, contributor
Napaljarri Kitson, Dora, contributor
Napangardi Gallgher, Coral, contributor
Napurrurla Dixon, Myrtle, contributor