If you’re looking for a simple way to increase your cultural awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this summer, this list of 10 recommended films and books will help you get started.
Staff are encouraged to help contribute to Reconciliation within DEWNR by taking the time to learn more about Aboriginal culture. These movies and books portray some of the best stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across Australia and offer something for all tastes and ages.
- Bran Nue Dae (2009), with Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, Missy Higgins, and Geoffrey Rush
- Ten Canoes (2006), with Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil and Richard Birrinbirrin
- Putuparri and the Rainmakers (2015), with Tom 'Putuparri' Lawford
- Rabbit Proof Fence (2002), with Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh and David Gulpilil
- Yolngu Boy (2001), with John Sebastian Pilakui, Nathan Daniels, and Sean Mununggurr
- The Tracker (2002), with David Gulpilil and Gary Sweet
- Samson & Delilah (2009), with Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson and Mitjili Napanangka Gibson
- Australian Rules (2002), with Nathan Phillips, Luke Carroll, and Lisa Flanagan
- Utopia (2013), with John Pilger, Jon Altman and Pat Anderson
- One Night the Moon (2001), with Paul Kelly, Kev Carmody, Kelton Pell and Mairead Hannan
- Dark Emu: Black Seeds - Agriculture or Accident? by Bruce Pascoe, non-fiction
- Survival in Our Own Land: ‘Aboriginal’ Experiences in ‘South Australia’ since 1836, told by Nungas and others, edited and researched by Christobel Mattingly
- Why weren’t we told? by Henry Reynolds, non-fiction
- Biggest Estate on Earth, by Bill Gammage, non-fiction
- Dunbi the Owl: An Aboriginal Story, by Daisy Utemorrah, children’s book
- Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey, young adult fiction
- Forgotten War, Henry Reynolds, non-fiction
- Why I love Australia, by Bronwyn Bancroft, children’s book
- Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights, Virginia Marshall, non-fiction
- The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia, by Bruce Pascoe, non-fiction.
For more information about Aboriginal cultural awareness or Reconciliation at DEWNR, please contact Reconciliation Project Officer Meryl Schiller.