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First Wars

First Wars is a 3 x 1-hour documentary series that tells story of Australia's frontier conflict.

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Impact areas

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

INDIGENOUS

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Rachel Perkins

  • PRODUCER Darren Dale

Synopsis

DURATION: 57 MINUTES

First Wars is a 3 x 1-hour documentary series for SBS Television that tells story of Australia's frontier conflict. Delving into the archival record of Australia, it brings the major battles, military tactics and the historical figures who engaged in this land battle that swept the country over a hundred year period. These are the wars that established the new nation Australia. From the battles in the upper Hawkesbury in 1791 and across the continent to the final stages of pastoral supremacy in the Kimberley.

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  • $350,000.00

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  • $3,000.00

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  • February 2022

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

This series explores the wrongful occupation of Australia without acknowledgement of Aboriginal property rights. This led to a violent period of conquest that has left a legacy of intergenerational trauma and poverty that is endemic in Indigenous communities today. The denial of these foundational rights has contributed to ongoing denial of Australian history and opposition to treaty making. This series is a major component of truth telling on a national scale that we hope unlocks a wider dialogue about these issues.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

To contribute to a process of truth telling that reaches both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian audiences across multiple generations.

Outcomes

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

IMMEDIATE CHANGE
Wider understanding of history of frontier conflict and aspiration for truth telling, treaty making and recognition.
Increase in community memorialisation.
Uptake by educators in educational resources associated with series.
Engagement in the From the Heart campaign
A national and regional monument/s to the Australian Wars
Review of the Australian War Memorial council's policy in relation to frontier conflict

Activities

How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Progressing both a national and regional conversation about frontier conflict.

Stakeholders

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

The State Archive of QLD is planning a significant exhibition and digitisation of its archive to coincide with broadcast. This could be extended to archives in each jurisdiction. Records of frontier conflict are held in collection institutions across Australia and it is an opportunity to shine a light on these collections.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

Look into the histories in their regions. Embrace memorialisation of frontier conflict. Sign up to campaigns related to recognition. Study and extend their knowledge beyond the series within the classroom environment.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

SHORT TERM:
Screenrights - measure of annual usage
Broadcast - number of viewings in ratings and online streaming
Commentary - supportive articles & reviews in both conservative and progressive press
Sign ups - to the From the Heart campaign
Memorialisation - increase in community engagement at frontier conflict sites

LONG TERM:
State and territory truth telling processes underway
Treaty making
Successful referendum for constitutional recognition