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The author in this article discusses Aboriginal media as part of a complex "mediascape" where Aboriginal social bases and social relationships inform the aesthetics of Aboriginal media work. The article highlights the role of self-representation in remote communities; national television; and the role of indigenous media producers and their influence trans-nationally.
A detailed look the development of indigenous film-making in Australia and making indigenous lives more visible on screens to a wider audience. It explores the policies and zeitgeist affecting the emergence of indigenous film-makers.
In the last five years, Australian films centred on Indigenous characters, such as Ten Canoes (de Heer and Djigirr, 2006), Samson and Delilah (Thornton, 2009) and The Tall Man (Krawitz, 2011) have been applauded for their sensitive engagement with traditional Aboriginal stories as well as with contemporary issues.