The Redfern Story

Photo of smiling woman from Mead Festival film, The Redfern Story

Darlene Johnson
2014 | 57 minutes | Australia
U.S. Premiere 

In the late 1960s and early ’70s, the rundown Sydney suburb of Redfern became home to over twenty thousand Aborigines, when its affordability made it a natural choice for refugees. In this reinvigorated community, a small group of activists came together and formed The National Black Theatre—the first big step in the fight for Aboriginal equal rights and equal opportunities. These visionaries used theater, dance, and song as political tools to take control of their culture and provide a focal point for Aboriginal issues; within five years Redfern had transformed into a vibrant community for art and politics. The Redfern Story traces the history and formation of the National Black Theatre against a backdrop of a burgeoning civil rights movement. 

Co-presented by the Australian Consulate-General and Vimeo on Demand

Preceded by Songlines on Screen (Goorrandalng: Brolga DreamingNaji, and Tjawa Tjawa)