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Our Warrior: The story of Robbie Thorpe

A story of resistance across generations, and the unrelenting struggle for justice in a country that remains in denial.


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  • DIRECTOR Anthony Kelly

  • PRODUCER Medika Thorpe



Aboriginal political activist Robbie Thorpe stands as part of a long line of Indigenous resistance to invasion.
This 55 minute documentary shows the making of this modern leader and tracks the resurgence of a powerful Black, Indigenous, anti-colonial movement that is currently reshaping the country.

Robbie draws the threads of two centuries of oppression together by relentlessly focusing our attention on the core injustices. His messages are critical to modern Australia.

As the country debates its 'Australia Day' foundation myths and and governments grapple with Treaty negotiations with the First Nations of Australia, the story of Robbie's relentless pursuit of justice is vital.

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71.31% funded
  • $30,000.00

  • $21,393.00

  • October 2021

  • 16

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Genocide, Sovereignty & Treaty, (Genocide to end, Sovereignty acknowledged, Treaty to be made), the three core goals espoused by Robbie’s lifetime of activism stand on the radical edge of indigenous politics in Australia.

Mainstream engagement with each of these areas is growing. There is no denying that each speak to the core legal, moral, ethical, historical and contemporary understandings of Australia.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

This film, like Robbie's activism, will provoke, engage and bring focus to the critical conversations we need to have.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

If Australians are to be fully cognizant of First nations demands and possible pathways forward then all voices in the debate need to be heard - not just those who have national platforms already.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

The deeper and contextual exploration of these issues provided by the mid-length documentary format goes far beyond what news media formats can provide. This project is designed to provoke audience engagement with truth-telling in a way that personalizes difficult issues, through the voices and histories of prominent and experienced Indigenous activists, their family history and narrative.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Subjects in this film are at the very forefront of the debates around Treaty, sovereignty and reconciliation with extensive networks of grassroots support. Robbie, the Thorpe family and others have informed the projects' direction throughout.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

The sheer scale of the annual Invasion Day marches around Australia each 26 January are shaking the countries foundations. The growing calls to change the date or to totally abolish Australia’s national day of celebration, are but one indication of the rapidly growing interest in the subject matter covered in Our Warrior: The story of Robbie Thorpe. Calls for a Treaty with First Nations in Australia are growing louder every year.

The younger generation of Indigenous activists in Australia, some of whom feature in this film are eagerly seeking out, consuming and promoting this sort of content. There is a call for stories that tell of heroes and of struggle. Like all good movement documentaries the producers hope that Our Warrior will both capture history, and contribute to it.

The film's impact strategy and QandA’s, forums and local special event screening will aim to generate discussion and engagement and support local struggles and campaigns.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

It will have a minimum 12-month festival release, aiming for at least one A-list festival screening per continent with multiple city festivals throughout the world.

Producers are then anticipating a local, Australian TV broadcast with streaming options.

US, European and Asian streaming or broadcast networks will be approached.

Parallel to this will be a concerted campaign of community screenings (requests are already coming in) around Australia. QandA’s, forums and local special event screening will aim to build an audience, generate discussion and engagement and support local struggles and campaigns.