Colonists for a Day

Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual products


Writer/Director. Historical documentary on Australia’s role as a colonial power in Papua New Guinea. Invited to Margaret Mead Film Festival.

Papua New Guinea was Australia’s only attempt at colonisation, lasting from 1906 to 1975. It was marked by the colonists’ incompetence and inexperience and the inevitable cultural clashes between the tribal clans and their administrators. This documentary combines eyewitness accounts from both colonists and Papua New Guineans with archival footage that was filmed by the colonists as they ventured into the unknown tribal lands of the interior.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherFilm Australia
Media of outputFilm
Size55 mins
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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