Terra Nullius

Australia, 1992

Film
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Loosely based on the filmmaker’s personal experience, “Terra Nullius” is an impressionistic account of an eight year old Koori girl, Alice, growing up in a white adoptive family which denies her Aboriginality. The film examines how unacknowledged shame and fear passes from one generation to the next, from one culture to another. The last scene depicts a silent meeting between the young Alice and the adult Alice. In order to reclaim her life, Alice decides she must confront the pain and confusion of her childhood.

Credits

co-director

Alison Wotherspoon

Anne Pratten

producer

Alison Wotherspoon

production company

AFTRS

Language

English

Duration

00:21:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

38102

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Adoption

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Children

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Removal

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Child abuse

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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