What's on: Film Screening: Occupation: Native

This new documentary aims to engage all Australians in a conversation about Australian history and what has been missing from our history books.

Trisha Morton-Thomas in 'Occupation Native'

Trisha Morton-Thomas in 'Occupation Native'
Photographer:  © Brindle films

Event Type:
Special event
24 January 2018 to 24 January 2018
06.00 PM to 07.20 PM
Australian Museum
$20 General Public; $18 Concession; $16 AM Members

“History tells us that the original inhabitants were hunter gatherers who lived in isolation for thousands of years. Blah, blah, blah.” - Trisha Morton-Thomas.

In the lead-up to January 26, it is important to examine and question our national identity and history. Who has written this history and who does it represent? Filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas asks these questions and more in her film Occupation: Native, which dishes up a fresh look at our colonial past. Exploring everything they never taught you at school but should have. It’s Australian history, but not like you have you ever seen or heard before.

"If Occupation Native sounds like a dry history lesson, it’s not. Morton-Thomas injects much levity and playfulness, at times deploying the inimitable Steven Oliver to bounce off in comedy sketches." - The Guardian

Aboriginal people have largely been left out of our history and it is vital that we start to embrace our First Nations people in the national account of how our country was founded and developed.

After the film, take part in a discussion featuring Uncle Ken Canning and Uncle Bruce Pascoe (both featured in the film) along with Sharni Jones, Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections at the Australian Museum.

  • Film: 6pm
  • Q&A: 7pm

The screening is part of the Culture Up Late program (ngalu warrawi marri - We Stand Strong). Tickets to the screening includes free admission to the Australian Museum for Culture Up Late 5-9pm, on the same night.

For enquiries please email programs@austmus.gov.au or call (02) 9320 6311.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this movie may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.


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