The Islanders

DVD cover of The Islanders featuring a Torres Strait Islander man spearfishing on a beach
Title:
The Islanders
NFSA ID:
32752
Year:
1968
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons

Above the tip of Cape York, beyond the northern-most point of the Australian continent, are the Torres Strait Islands.

The economy here is based on home gardens and pearl-shell fishing. The culture, with its basis in music, dancing and ceremony, provides a striking contrast to that of mainland Australia.

This film, shot in the late 1960s, shows how strongly old traditions still affect Torres Strait Islander people, even though they also have most of the trappings of modern life.

Writer and director:
Cecil Holmes
Producer:
Richard Mason
Produced by the Australian Commonwealth Film Unit. © National Film and Sound Archive of Australia