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t Australians : the untold story of Australia / directed by Rachel Perkins ; producers, Darren Dale, Rachel Perkins ; series producer, Helen Panckhurst ; written by Louis Nowra, Rachel Perkins.
"'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 documentaries, '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. We begin in 1788 in Sydney, with the friendship between an Englishman (Governor Phillip) and a warrior (Bennelong) and end our tale in 1992 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." - Back cover. Created in collaboration with members of the Gadigal, Darug, Dharawal and Wiradjuri communities. Each DVD of the 7-disc educational version of the series contains an additional 80 minutes of material. The 2-disc version does not contain the additional material, although Disc 1 does contain a pdf version of the study guide for Episode 1. Feature length, each episode: 88 minutes. Episode 1: They have come to stay. Episode 2: Her will to survive. Episode 3: Freedom for our lifetime. Episode 4: No other law. Episode 5: An unhealthy government experiment. Episode 6: A fair deal for a dark race. Episode 7: We are no longer shadows. Access online from SBS at URL below. Study guides available from Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) at URL below.