People of the Australian Western Desert

Date information21-22 July
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Location informationArc Cinema
Event costFREE but bookings essential (rated M)

In 1965 Ian Dunlop realised an eight-year dream when the Commonwealth Film Unit (later Film Australia) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies accepted his proposal to make a film on the daily life of an Aboriginal family living a nomadic life in the Australian Western Desert. This resulted in filming trips in 1965 and 1967 from which Dunlop made a series of 19 films under the general title, People of the Australian Western Desert and a more general film, Desert People. These films have been widely acclaimed in Australia and overseas.

Ian Dunlop joins us for both sessions to introduce the films and discuss his experiences and the legacy of his films.  Between films he will be happy  to answer questions

On Friday, we screen the films from his 1965 field trips; on Saturday, the films from the 1967 field trips.



Ian Dunlop's films from his 1965 field trips - Friday 21 July, 6:30pm

Ian Dunlop's films from his 1967 field trips - Saturday 22 July, 4pm


This new 4K restoration is presented in association with the National Archives of Australia.