28th Feb - 13th March 2022

Satellite Dreaming Revisited: Website Launch (UK/Australia Season) 28 February – 13 March

This event is part of the UK/Australia Season.

The UK/Australia Season is a major new cultural exchange celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Season is a vibrant programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.

Designed to strengthen and build cultural connections, the Season theme is “Who Are We Now?” and will reflect on our history, explore our current relationship, and imagine our future together. The Season launched in both countries in September 2021.

Overview

The Menzies Australia Institute present the launch of SATELLITE DREAMING REVISITED, a web resource that describes and analyses the last four decades of Australian Indigenous media – work which offers a unique and powerful case study of a community struggling to represent itself in electronic media.

The launch includes a discussion event, as well as an opportunity to view the documentary SHE WHO MUST BE LOVED (Erica Glynn, 2018), in which the life of Freda Glynn, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) and Imparja TV, is interwoven with the broader story of Indigenous media in Australia.

At the online launch event on Friday 11 March 9am (BST)/ 8pm (AEST), creator of the website Tony Dowmunt will briefly introduce SATELLITE DREAMING REVISITED website, followed by a conversation between Philip Batty and Frances Peters-Little who are interviewed and have written essays for the website. Chaired by Stephen Morgan from the Menzies Australia Institute, Philip and Frances will reflect on She who Must Be Loved followed by a broader conversation about Indigenous media. Register here

She Who Must Be Loved will be available for streaming from the 28 February to 13 March 2022 here.

About the Artists

Tony Dowmunt is an Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths – University of London. He was the UK Producer on Satellite Dreaming in the UK in 1990s, and has worked as the initiator and director of the Satellite Dreaming Revisited project since 2011.

Stephen Morgan is a film programmer and academic whose research focuses on the intersections of Empire and nation within Australian settler and Indigenous cinemas. He is the Screenings Coordinator for the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London, and Co-Programmer of the London Australian Film Society & Festival.

Philip Batty co-founded and jointly managed the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, CAAMA, from 1980-1991. CAAMA established the first Aboriginal radio and satellite television services in Australia. After completing a PhD based on his work at CAAMA, he was appointed Senior Curator, Melbourne Museum, Australia.

Frances Peters-Little is a Yuwaalaraay/Gamilaraay woman. She is a filmmaker, historian, author and musician. Her films include Vote Yes for Aborigines (2007) and Tent Embassy (1992). She lives in Lightning Ridge on her traditional country and writing a biography about her father – the singer Jimmy Little – and a self-fictionalised autobiography.

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