First contact

Australia, 1983

Film

Documents the clash of two cultures that occurred in the 1930s when the people of the highlands of New Guinea encountered the first Europeans to enter their world - for an El Dorado. One of these Australians, Michael Leahy, took a movie camera with him, and so managed to capture on film the confrontation between one civilisation and the representatives of another.

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On display until:

ACMI Viewing Booths

22 April 2019

Credits

production company

Arundel Productions

Dick Smith Adventure

producer/director

Bob Connolly

Robin Anderson

Duration

00:54:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1983

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

015714

Language

English

Audience classifications

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

PG

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Gold mines and mining

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industries - Papua New Guinea

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Explorers

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Leahy, Michael

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Papua New Guinea

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Papua New Guinea - Exploring expeditions

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Acculturation

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Culture conflict

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Leahy, Michael

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Acculturation

History → Explorers

History → History

History → Leahy, Michael

History → Papua New Guinea - History

People → Leahy, Michael

Places → Papua New Guinea

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White and Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

Collected

7 times

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