Friday 27 May
Time: 10am | 1hr 43mins | Rated M
Charlie's Country explores the ongoing repercussions in contemporary Australia. Charlie (Gulpilil) lives in a remote Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land, where he and other men of the community struggle with cultural ties in a world dominated by 'white' law and both deliberate and incidental racism.
The Final Quarter
Time: 3pm | 1hr 15mins | Rated PG
Adam Goodes was a champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader. In the final three years of his playing career he became a lightning rod for a heated public debate and widespread media commentary that divided the nation. He publicly called out racism, was named Australian of the Year, was accused of staging for free kicks, and performed an on-field war dance celebration. The cheers became boos as football crowds turned on him. Using only archival footage aired at the time, the film holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.
Saturday 28 May
Play School: Acknowledgement of Country
Time: 10am | 27mins | Rated G
In this special episode, presenters Luke Carroll, Miranda Tapsell and Hunter Page-Lochard give an Acknowledgement of Country celebrating Australia’s first people. The joyful provocations throughout this episode share knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and highlight importance of caring for Country together. The stories, songs, music, dance and creative projects included can extend perspectives around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture for young children and their families.
Little J & Big Cuz
Time: 3pm | 24mins | Rated G
Little J, he’s five and Big Cuz, she’s nine. They’re couple of Australian Aboriginal kids living with their Nanna and Old Dog.
House Keeping | 12mins
In this episode Nanna is feeling unwell so Little J and Big Cuz eagerly take over running the house – their way! Fun ways to do housework soon descend into slapstick chaos.
School Sleepover | 12mins
In this episode Little J is anxious about going to the school sleepover, so Big Cuz smuggles in her beloved teddy for comfort.
Sunday 29 May
My Name is Gulpilil
Time: 10am | 1hr 41mins | Rated M
Early in 2017, Gulpilil was diagnosed with lung cancer. His doctors estimated six months for him but David being David, was always likely to defy the odds. Sadly he passed away late 2021. This was his last great work.
Time: 3pm | 29mins | Rated PG
Babakiueria revolves around a role-reversal, whereby it is Aboriginal Australians who have invaded and colonised the fictitious country of Babakiueria, a land that has long been inhabited by ‘white’ natives, the Babakiuerians.
Monday 30 May
Rabbit Proof Fence
Time: 10am | 1hr 34mins | Rated PG
Rabbit Proof Fence tells the true story of Molly, Gracie and Daisy – three Aboriginal girls in Western Australia, 1931 who are forcibly abducted from their mothers. It introduces many people to ‘Stolen Generations’: Aboriginal children who were removed from their families.
You Can't Ask That
Time: 3pm | 30mins | Rating not provided
An ABC original series, aims to offer insight into the lives of marginalised communities and break down stereotypes while answering the questions people are afraid to ask. Insightful, irreverent, moving and unpredictable. This episode sets the record straight about what it’s really like to be an Aboriginal Australian.
Tuesday 31 May
Time: 10am | 1hr 35mins | Rated PG
An Australian adventure drama film about a young Aboriginal boy (12-year-old Pete) struggling to maintain the traditions of his heritage in the modern world when a mining company expands into the region. Pete and his grandfather Jagamarra live in a run down drive in theatre. The grandfather continually imparts wisdom of the old ways to Pete.
Time: 3pm | 1hr 35mins | Rated PG
A spirited 8 year old girl deals with the grief of her mother’s death by forging a bond with a wild emu. This spiritual Dreaming is a bond she will do anything to keep, but one that puts her at odds with the new social worker.
Wednesday 1 June
The Freedom Riders
Time: 10am | 30mins | Rated M
The 1965 Freedom Ride – led by Uncle Charlie Perkins and his fellow students at the University of Sydney – was a significant event that drew national and international attention to poor living conditions faced by Aboriginal people and the racism that was rife in New South Wales country towns.
Time: 3pm | 1hr 43mins | Rated M
The remarkable life story of Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo; a Torres Strait Islander who left school at the age of 15 yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.