Winner of 'Best Documentary' at the Sydney International Film Festival, 2009.
Winner of 'Best Achievement in Directing for Documentary' at the Australian Directors Guild, 2009.
Nominated for Best Documentary at the ATOM awards, 2009.
Best Achievement for 'Sound for a Documentary' at the Australian Screen Sound Guild.
Bronze Award winner for 'Cinematography Documentaries - Cinema and TV' at the Australian Cinematographers Society.
Winner of the 'Foxtel Documentary Prize' at the Sydney Film Festival.
In 1964, authorities enter the Great Sandy Desert to clear the potential crash zone for a rocket test. In the process, they recorded their first contact with one of the last remaining groups of Indigenous Australians living traditionally in the desert.
Contact uses a combination of the original recordings and new material to revisit the event.
- 193mm x 135mm x 15mm
- Released 2009
- ISBN 000236BD
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This is a well-made, informative film dealing with events from the mid-1960s, at the height of the Cold War. Some of the government / project officials are sympathetic to the Aboriginal culture, making honest attempts to get the people, once they have been discovered to be living in a dangerous area, to safety. It's obvious also that some of those connected to the project have taken the opportunity to take advantage of the found people, especially the women and children. It's one more example of the usual lack of respect shown to Indigenous people. I'm glad I purchased and watched the film -- I had no idea that the rocket tests had even taken place. As the old saying goes, "History is written by the victors" -- not necessarily "victors" in the "war" sense, but in the sense of being oppressors. This is sadly the case the world over.
Again, a well-made and important film. Highly recommended.