Trisha Morton-Thomas

Reconciliation Week Film Series

Tuesday 28 May – Thursday 30 May


Recommended for all ages

Queensland Museum Rail Workshops,  Rail Workshops Theatre

Celebrate Reconciliation Week with a film series highlighting First Nations culture, perspectives and achievements. This selection of documentary films includes biographical insight into the personal journeys of outstanding First Nations Leaders who are significant to both Queensland and the nation.

Gain a different perspective on Australian history, through a variety of personal storytelling, humour, and insight, including perspectives on what has been left out of the history books. This Reconciliation Week Film Series aims to bring people together to contribute to a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, histories, and cultures – understanding that ignites conversation and sparks change.

All screenings are free with museum entry.


Tuesday 28 May
11:30am, Rail Workshops Theatre
Neville Bonner was the first Aboriginal Australian to enter Parliament. Sitting in both State and Federal Parliament for over 12 years. “A token for no man’ Neville's vision was to integrate not assimilate. A self-confessed shy man with 4th grade education Jagera elder, Neville Bonner was elected in both State and Federal Parliament for over 12 years across four changes of Federal government. He endured public "token black" jibes, parliamentary loneliness, and corrosive conflicts within his own political party for crossing the floor on issues close to his heart.

Wednesday 29 May
11:30am, Rail Workshops Theatre
Oodgeroo Noonuccal was a key spokesperson for Aboriginal issues. The first Aboriginal person to publish a book of verse, her poetic viewpoint and visionary defiance – possesses a profound quality still resonating today in generations of Australians. Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s vivacious words, archives, hopes, and dreams are intertwined with the present-day activities of her talented family. She quickly rose to fame, eventually being awarded an Order of Australia.

Thursday 30 May
11:30am, Rail Workshops Theatre
In this country, the Aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted Australian historical narrative. It’s not that the Australian story is wrong, it’s just that it’s a wee bit one-sided. Getting all historical, Aboriginal filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas bites back at Australian history. This humorous and powerful documentary aims to engage all Australians in a national conversation about Australian history and what has been missing from our history books.

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