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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The New Black
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Notes

  • 'The New Black is a collection of [seven] impressive short films featuring Indigenous stories, authored and crafted by Indigenous people, and told in innovative and compelling ways.'

    Source: ABC1 website, http://www.abc.net.au/
    Sighted: 07/12/2009

  • All films in this series were screened on ABC1 on 10 December 2009. The screening was introduced by Margaret Pomeranz in conversation with Warwick Thornton.

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form y separately published work icon Bourke Boy Adrian Wills , Potts Point : Scarlett Pictures , 2009 Z1587805 2009 single work film/TV

An adopted Aboriginal boy, Russell is a troublemaker who has been suspended from school and arrested. The narrative sees him fly to Bourke, the town where he was born, with his white foster father, John. The trip is John's way of trying to find an opportunity to communicate with his foster son before it's too late. For John the trip is simply a tick-off list - visit the Bourke District Hospital, visit the Aboriginal reserve, go for a swim, etc. For Russell, however, the trip is much more personal. When John leaves him alone briefly Russell tries to get hold of as much as he can, including his birth mother's name and a handful of earth which he puts into his pocket. He also experiences racism by a white hotel manager.

Potts Point : Scarlett Pictures , 2009
form y separately published work icon The Party Shoes Michelle Blanchard , Australia : Black Ruby Productions , 2009 Z1587828 2009 single work film/TV

Ten-year-old Jenny sees her mother Patsy crying as she reads a letter. Determined that this won't happen again, Jenny waits for the mailman to pass by and begins collecting all the letters of the neighbourhood, which she stashes in an electrical distribution box. When Patsy finds the letters, she realises that she all but abandoned Jenny while allowing herself to be consumed with emotion following the end of a relationship. The story ends with mother and daughter sitting on a bed sorting through the letters.

Party Shoes allows us the opportunity to not only enter the private world of a girl who is seeking nurturing and purpose in the absence of her mother's attention, but to also explore the relationship between a mixed-race child and her white mother.

Australia : Black Ruby Productions , 2009
form y separately published work icon Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun Angelina Hurley , Australia : Bungabura Productions , 2009 Z1594461 2009 single work film/TV Based on actual events that occurred in Holland Park, Brisbane in the 1950s, Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun is the tale of a hungry family, disgruntled neighbours and a rooster with attitude. Aunty Maggie and Uncle Peter, who struggle to feed their three nephews, think they've found a solution when Aunty Maggie swaps a tin of tobacco for some hens and a rooster. The promise of fresh eggs doesn't eventuate, however, and the rooster becomes more and more of a headache. A crisis point is reached when the rooster nearly dies and is only saved by a bit of quick thinking [from] Aunty Maggie. Her actions not only stun the family but lead to her becoming famous in the neighbourhood. Australia : Bungabura Productions , 2009
form y separately published work icon Ralph Deborah Mailman , Wayne Blair , Australia : Goalpost Pictures , 2009 Z1594465 2009 single work film/TV

A ten-year-old girl living in Redfern is obsessed with Ralph Macchio.

Australia : Goalpost Pictures , 2009
form y separately published work icon The Farm Romaine Moreton , Australia : Brown Cab Productions , 2009 Z1594473 2009 single work film/TV The Farm is the story of a girl who sees her ancestors and of her mother's efforts to avoid revealing the truth about the past. Australia : Brown Cab Productions , 2009
form y separately published work icon Jacob Dena Napuljarri Curtis , Blackfella Films , 2009 Z1594496 2009 single work film/TV

Set in the 1940s, Jacob tells how the joy of a young boy's birth quickly disintegrates for both the mother, Gina, and father, Max, when his fair skin reveals a rape by a white man.

Blackfella Films , 2009
form y separately published work icon Nia's Melancholy Sio Tusafa'aaefili , Paddington : LaLa Pictures , 2009 Z1594538 2009 single work film/TV Nia's Melancholy is an Indigenous girl's spiritual journey and tale of redemption. (From film synopsis.) Paddington : LaLa Pictures , 2009

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Works about this Work

Untitled Farah Farouque , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 December 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of The New Black 2009 series - publisher film/TV
Deb Keeps It Short and Sweet Linda Morris , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 December 2009; (p. 9)
Untitled Farah Farouque , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 December 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of The New Black 2009 series - publisher film/TV
Deb Keeps It Short and Sweet Linda Morris , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 December 2009; (p. 9)
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