Kemira – Diary of a Strike web
Kemira - Diary of a Strike (1984)

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Kemira – Diary of a Strike

Tom Zubrycki | Australia | 1984 | PG


Wed 4 Dec 2024

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Zubrycki’s second long-form documentary is a landmark work of Australian activist cinema. Filmed in late 1982, it follows the actions of miners and their families in response to the closing down of the Kemira colliery near Wollongong and the proposed retrenchment of almost 300 workers. While a group of 31 miners occupy the pit almost five kilometres underground, the film focuses on the work done by wives, partners and other miners in sustaining the strike and seeking public attention as thousands of workers descend on Parliament House in Canberra to support the action. Winner of the AFI Award for Best Documentary.

Preceded by Fig St Fiasco Tom Zubrycki (1974) 8 mins – Unclassified 15+. A “process video” in support of a resident-led campaign to stop a freeway devastating the suburbs of Glebe and Ultimo.

2K restoration of Kemira: Diary of a Strike.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Tom Zubrycki
Runtime: 63 mins

Event duration

63 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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