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Public screening and discussion: Island Home Country (52 min). Monday 14th March 7.30pm, Mona Vale Memorial Hall; hosted by the Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG). ASG started in 1979 as a treaty organization and later developed into a group of people committed to supporting Indigenous Australians in their broader struggle for justice.

Public screening and discussion: Island Home Country (52 min. film & thesis, DCA UTS 2011), Screening Indigeneity Series, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies & the Department of Film Studies, King’s College London, September 15th 2015.

For Love or Money, (Dir. McMurchy, Nash, Oliver, Thornley), 2nd International Women’s Film Festival Bangladesh, Seminar Hall, Central Public Library, Dhaka, 16th March 2015.

Curator & Panelist, ‘Women’s Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive’, Future Feminist Archive, Art Gallery of NSW and Sydney College 2015.

Delegate, Critical Thought Versus The Capitalist Hydra, CIDECI, Universidad de la Tierra Chiapas, Mexico, May 2015

Subcomandante Insurgente Moises

Maidens (dir. Thornley 1978), Retrospective Screening, Films from the Co-ops Part 1, Melbourne Cinémathèque, ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square, Melbourne, May  20 2015.

Referee reader for monograph, Robots and Art: Exploring an Unlikely Symbiosis (eds.), D. Herath, C. Kroos & Stelarc, Springer 2015.

Interviewee: In New Zealand, the Activist Complex Female Protagonist Whispers, (Marian Evans). Research Report on the New Zealand Film Commission’s Gender Policy, 2015

Interviewee, When the Camera Stopped Rolling (dir. Jane Castle). A documentary feature film about Lilias Fraser, pioneer of the Australian documentary film industry. Screen Australia and Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), 2016

Interviewee, A Filmmakers’ Cinema: 20 Years of the Filmmakers’ Co-operatives (dir. John Hughes & Tom Zubrycki), a documentary film-archival project, 2016.

Interviewee (audio), Genealogy of thought-practice: sexual difference (Dir.Alex Martinis Roe), an arts based documentary film, 2016.

Member Filmnews Digitising Collective: a project to digitise the entire collection of Filmnews via the National Library of Australia’s Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. Finance currently being raised from various sources, including Australian Directors Guild (ADG) 2016.

The original Film News Collective c1980

Filmnews Ed board

Recent writing on documentary

March 12th, 2016 | Posted by Jeni Thornley in News - (0 Comments)

In Press: Book chapter: ‘“We are not dead”: Decolonizing the Frame’, (ed.) Knopf et al., First Takes, Fourth World: Global Indigenous Films, Transnational Indigenous Perspectives Series, Routledge, 2016.

Book Chapter: ‘ Island Home Country: On the possibility of praxis between “artefact” and “exegesis” in the creative arts doctorate : a case study’, eds., L. Ravelli et al, Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts: the researcher/practitioner nexus (Libri, UK 2014).

PHD thesis: ‘Island Home Country’– Subversive mourning: working with Aboriginal protocols in a documentary film about colonisation and growing up white in Tasmania. A cine-essay and exegesis (online) https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/36070

Film Festival Review: ‘The eye of the camera: Ethnographic documentary and the Aperture Festival’, Metro Media & Education Magazine, Issue 181, Sept.2014.

Essay : ‘Islands of possibility: Film-making, cultural practice, political action and the decolonization of Tasmanian history’, Studies in Australasian Cinema, Decolonizing Screens, 7.2:  2013.

Film Festival Review: “The ethnography of compassion: documentary in Vietnam”Realtime #13 2013.

Book ReviewReview of “Cinema’s Alchemist: The Films of Péter Forgács”, in Screening The Past, 2012.

TV Series Review: Go back to where you came from: Reality TV encounters the refugee crisis, The Conversation, June 2011.

Book Review:  ‘Australia Documentary: History Practices and Genres’, Trish FitzSimons et al, Cambridge UP, 2011, Metro Magazine, No 173, 2011.

Book Chapter: Island Home Country, ‘Working with Aboriginal protocols in a documentary film about colonisation and growing up white in Tasmania’, in Eds. Peters-Little, Curthoys & Docker,  ’Passionate Histories Myth, Memory and Indigenous Australia’, (Aboriginal History Monograph 21 ANU Press, 2010.

 

Island Home Country was invited to  the inaugural International Anthropological Film Festival in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Nov 12) ; it was organised by VICAS, Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies) and screened in four venues across Ho Chi Minh City.

jeni with students HCMC

This was an amazing event-demonstrating what visual ethnography offers the documentary tradition – the  vibrant energy of cultural exchange and shared consciousness. Here is a my review of the Festival in Realtime #13 2013:   “The ethnography of compassion: documentary in Vietnam”. It has now been translated into Vietnamese and published in the VICAS journal.

 

Jim Everett at the kutalayna site, April 2011

Jim Everett –  pura-lia meenamatta – protests against the destruction of  the kutalayna site: What kind of things I can share with non Aboriginal people so that they can start  to understand that there is a different way of seeing this world… and their identity cannot be Australian with this country until such time as they get here – they will always be bringing the Northern hemisphere down here and constructing a landscape instead of living in country; landscape is just another  image of the colonial construct… whereas connecting to country goes outside of the colonial construct.

Jim Everett’s poetry  meenamatta lena narla puellakanny : Meenamatta Water Country Discussion.