No. 19 AFW+NFSA - Indonesia Calling / Film-Work

2 Kerr St, Fitzroy

Thursday the 30th June, 7.30pm for an 8pm start

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Joris Ivens - Indonesia Calling (1946)

Joris Ivens - Indonesia Calling (1946)


Indonesia Calling, dir. Joris Ivens (1946) 22 mins 

Internationally recognised filmmaker Joris Ivens was in Sydney having been contracted by the Netherlands government to make a film about the return of the Dutch to Indonesia. Instead with the assistance of others he clandestinely made a film shot around the Sydney Harbour about the refusal of the seamen and waterside workers to man and load Dutch ships and arms to be used against the Indonesians in their fight for independence. The filmmakers employ a pointed montage approach which culminates in the dramatic halting of a Dutch ship in mid-harbour. 

Film-Work, dir. John Hughes (1981) 44 mins 

This film recalls the work of the Waterside Workers Federation Film Unit. Financed by several trade unions, the Unit produced eleven (mainly documentary) films between 1953-58. There are excerpts from four of the films ("Pensions for Veterans", The Hungry Miles", "November Victory" and "Hewers of Coal") and interviews with the Unit members, Keith Gow, Norma Disher and Jock Levy.