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  • Lousy Little Sixpence
  • Lousy Little Sixpence
  • Lousy Little Sixpence

Lousy Little Sixpence

SKU: DVD-0009
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    Includes study guide

    Year: 1982
    Classification: G
    Runtime: 54 min
    Produced In: Australia
    Directed By: Alec Morgan and Gerry Bostock
    Language: English

    In New South Wales, in 1901, the Aborigines Protection Board planned to break up Aboriginal communities by forcibly removing their children and hiring them out as servants to white employers. The title of this powerful documentary comes from the wages that were to be paid to the children. Many never saw that lousy little sixpence.

    In the mid-1930s, the Aboriginal people began to organise, and to fight the Aborigines Protection Board. Through old newsreels, archive film, photographs and interviews with Elders, the film weaves a moving account of a hidden history, the early struggle for Aboriginal land rights and self-determination.

    A meticulous study of how white Australians between the wars consistently broke up Aboriginal families to manufacture a black servant class.

    "Australia has produced few films of such quiet and ironic passion." - John Baxter, The Australian.

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