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Adam Hill – Indigenous Freak Activartistusician; the man, the legend, the world premiere documentary in Sydney next Monday.

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Documentary World Premiere at Carriageworks

Between the Lines: The Initiation of Adam Hill

Monday August 6 at 7:00pm

When I Graduate by Adam Hill

After two years following Aboriginal urban artist Adam Hill, Spanish film-makers Esther Lozano & Monica Garriga premiere their long awaited documentary which will be presented by Performance Space at Carriageworks next Monday 6 August.

Defined by a mixed indigenous and white origin, Adam Hill goes on an artistic and personal journey of identity through his music, paintings and political activism.

In what is a unique and intimate glimpse into Australia’s identity through the critical eyes of the art activist, this documentary shows Hill confronting his frustrations and his commitment towards his own Aboriginality while struggling with the views held by the society around him and the people closest to him.

“By exploring Adam’s personal history, this documentary highlights the controversy around Australian identity and suggests it is an open concept,” says film-maker Esther Lozano. “It is not defined by the place where one comes from but by what one identifies most strongly with. Adam’s contradictions and frustrations are not unique to him, or to Aboriginal Australians, or to Australians. They are universal.”

Bob his father, was brought up with his white cousins after his mother died, never having any contact with his aboriginal family. The stark contrast between Adam and his father’s social identity is a moving insight into the individual’s search for meaning in a world dictated by imagery and stereotypes. It is a documentary that hits a raw nerve for us all.

About the film-makers:

Monica Garriga is the foreign correspondent for the Spanish News Agency EFE in Australia and has a post-graduate degree in Australian Studies from RMIT.

Esther Lozano, prior to starting this documentary worked for the Spanish TV network Localia where she was a director of current affairs.

Performance Space @ CarriageWorks 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

7pm Monday 6th August, 2007 – FREE

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July 31, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Gunns, Assholes, Guns, Racism, and the best dick joke ever.

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Quick news wrap of some Australian news you may have missed.

ALP MP Harry Quick has done what can by and large be expected of most mainstream Tasmanian politicians – put his own interests before anybody else’s. John Howard couldn’t even remember her name but Quick is campaigning for his opponent rather than his replacement at the upcoming election.

Queensland Aboriginal leader Richard Aken was raided by a SWAT team overnight . . . because of a toy gun.

And speaking of toy Gunns, John Gay has had a spray at former justice the Honourable Christopher Wright, over his temerity in attempting to conduct a genuinely independent assessment process when considering the Tasmanian pulp mill proposal. Yeah – working for the public interest and insisting on the appearance and practice of impartiality – what a bastard! Good thing he was criticized just hours before the 4Corners story last night, otherwise his word might have been taken seriously.

THE BOX SEAT: Cowboys, an Indian and a test of character – great opinion piece by Brian Johnstone at NIT looking at the Haneef case as part of a much broader pattern, rather than an isolated miscarriage.

“…My mental image was of a bunch of cowboys circling one hapless Indian.

Minister Andrews stoically refused to consider his decision to revoke the visa, claiming he had relied on information not provided at the bail hearing but refused to say what that was.

Ruddock, the grey eminence of the Howard Government, also refused to be drawn into this aspect of the case.

He had earlier hit the airwaves attacking Haneef’s lawyers for leaking the transcript of the first interview between the Australian Federal Police and their client.

He was urging the Bar Association of Queensland and the Australian Bar Association to consider whether Dr Haneef’s Barrister had committed any ethical breach by leaking the transcript of the first record of interview involving his client.

“There are ethical standards in relation to these matters,” he told anyone prepared to listen.

“You won’t get a fair trial for any individual if you have leaking of material and people endeavouring to influence the court of public opinion.”

This was all delivered with his usual poker face.

And thereby hangs one of the government’s problems.

Anyone who has closely followed the Aboriginal Affairs debate over the past few years knows this particular political prosecutor from the government has form….”

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July 31, 2007 at 12:04 pm

4 Corners – The Tassie Pulp Mill Process Exposed.

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Tonight, 4 Corners ran Liz Jackson’s investigative floodlight, Grist To The Mill, looking at the Gunns pulp mill approval process in Tasmania. With so much material to have to choose from, the piece that made it to air focussed on getting up close and personal with the main players, viewpoints, and recent histories on the ground in Tassie.

It would have been a bastard of a job – all things, lies, dramas, and shady players considered. Ultimately, tens of thousands of tv sets tonight beamed a significant tale to a broader audience. They weren’t exposed to the detail of ongoing court battles, they weren’t forced to question their opinion of Malcolm Turnbull’s ecological sincerity, and they weren’t asked to consider where Peter Garrett has been in all this. The story was kept simple, but not stupid – and there is a big difference. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 31, 2007 at 12:47 am

A racist and politically convenient land grab? In Australia?

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First posted this with Mask of Anarchy a couple of days ago, as part of the ongoing grouse bonzer kulcherool exchange blogram.

However Australia is perceived globally at the moment I can only guess. I would assume that our identity is something in the order of cricket, racism, rugby, climate change denial, shane warne, big eyebrowed dickhead little sycophant Prime Minister mopping up White House jism, more rugby, kangaroos, beer, and cricket. Did I mention racism?

What we have going on right now is quite astounding. The quality of our domestic racism has really taken a battering. We have been shipping it, or intercepting shipping with it, globally but we’re finally getting back to basics at home. Thank goodness! I’d hate to think that yellow, black, and brown people outside Australia are feeling more persecuted or stereotyped than our own people of colour. The poor ones, that is. We’d never consider Ehud Olmert a murderer any more than we’d consider Mumia Abu Jamahl a scholar or Alberto Gonzales the bit his mama should have thrown away.

Quick Australian history – White Australia policy in effect until late 1960s. Aware of Aboriginal family groups and nations being connected by relationship to blood and to land, children are separated from families and brought up as servants or on missions hundreds or thousands of kilometres from both. A national referendum in 1967 sees Australians vote in favour of changing the Constitution to recognize Aboriginal Australians as human, rather than fauna. Seriously. Revolutions of sorts through the 70s – land rights, womens rights, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, all that good stuff.

As we moved through the ’80s toward the Bicentennial in 1988, more and more questions were asked about national identity, values, direction. Unfortunately a lot of unquestioning flag waving and firework shows drowned most of this out. Still, the idea of a Treaty was finally before the nation – acknowledgment that wrongs had been done, war had been waged, and healing and recognition could only happen through real commitment to make them happen. At this time, the leader of the federal opposition in Parliament kicked up quite a stink.

In fact, when the issue of a Treaty was raised he made a vow – a vow that if such a Treaty was ever made between the indigenous and non-indigenous people of Australia, the first thing that he would do if elected would be to tear it up. His name was John Howard. Yes. That one.

When he was eventually elected, he really delivered. Native Title legislation was amended to offset the pro-indigenous impacts of a significant court ruling. Howard attended the landmark national summit on reconciliation in 1997. Before the most significant gathering of indigenous leaders in Australia in well over a hundred years he praised Australia’s history. He acknowledged the ‘blemish’ of genocide, but made it clear that there would be no ‘Sorry’ – the one word for which so many people had campaigned. And just to rub glass in the haemorrhage, ATSIC – the only directly elected representation for indigenous Australians – has also been disbanded and abolished under Howard.

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July 30, 2007 at 12:23 pm

We Kill News Ltd. We Smashes Them To BITS!!!!

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That title works on some levels, but not at all on most. Just announcing an unholy quasi partnership with the XLNT UK based political-angry-current-as-f#$% Mask of Anarchy. For a first offering, i’ve just posted the delightful bedtime story John Howard – Never One for a Racist & Politically Convenient Landgrab. Please go and check them out when you manage to pull yourself away from the Kama Sutrinator. . .

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July 29, 2007 at 5:17 am

In the meantime… . . cyberdyne reverse cowgirl. . .

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Some handy and interesting posts are in the works – recently revealed background on certain political support from certain Australians for logging generally and the Tasmanian pulp mill specifically, and the bigger nuclear picture for Australia, one which at both ends (mining and disposal) may intersect ‘neatly’ with the current Howard approach of seizing massive tracts of land in the Northern Territory. These will be up soon. There have been some delays and they’re now dissipating. So, as promised, here’s Terminator Kama Sutra

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July 29, 2007 at 2:42 am