Bill Onus
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Bill Onus (Mary Onus, c. 1940s Courtesy the Onus family)

ACMI presents

Forgotten People and the legacy of Uncle Bill Onus

with special guest Tiriki Onus

Australia | PG
Film

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For the August instalment of our First Nations Film Club, we look at a documentary produced by the Aborigines Advancement League in 1967 – the year Aboriginal Peoples were finally recognised by Australian federal law.

Forgotten People features two South-Eastern Aboriginal rights stalwarts – Yorta Yorta & Wiradjuri man Bill Onus and Yorta Yorta man Sir Pastor Doug Nicholls. The short, nine-minute film gives us a glimpse into the past work of Uncle Bill and Uncle Doug, and the disadvantaged and distressing conditions of Aboriginal Peoples in Melbourne, at Rumbalara (near Shepparton, Victoria), Robinvale (northwest Victoria) and Dareton (southwest NSW) in the late 1960s.

After our screening, we'll yarn to Uncle Bill's grandson Yorta Yorta man Tiriki Onus to glean his thoughts on Forgotten People and other such historic representations of our mob, to get an insight into how he's reclaimed these antiquated, and often problematic, representations in his new documentary Ablaze which he co-wrote and co-directed with Alec Morgan. Ablaze will premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival later in August.

We thank and acknowledge both the Onus and Nicholls Family for their support with the screening of Forgotten People

Format: Digital
Language: English
Duration: 30 minutes

When

Tues 3 Aug 2021

6pm (AEST)

Rating

PG

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This month's session will run online on Zoom.

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About our host

Bryan Andy

Bryan Andy is a Yorta Yorta man from Cummeragunja, NSW. He is a freelance writer, arts advocate and the current convenor of OutBlack – Victoria's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and Queer mob.

Bryan Andy

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