Grace Barrand is a Screen and Cultural Studies student at the University of Melbourne and a recent volunteer at the NFSA’s Melbourne office.
Did you know that there were at least three Indigenous actors in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones? Neither did I, until I spent some time as a volunteer at the NFSA’s Melbourne office earlier this year.
I had the opportunity, under the guidance of Senior Television Archivist Simon Smith, to assess a large collection of materials relating to Australia’s first community and cable TV station, CTV-1. These materials were donated by Darren Gray, who also published a book on the history of the station (The Story of CTV-1, 2012) and has uploaded many programs from the channel’s history to his YouTube channel.
CTV-1 celebrated the everyday lives of Redfern locals and allowed them to tell their unique stories. In telling these stories, CTV-1 emphasised the extraordinary experience within ordinary life. Like the local Indigenous actor with a small speaking role in a Star Wars movie.