Fighting Films Book

Sydney wharfies turned Australia film making on its head in 1953. With support from the Waterside Worker’s Federation they brought together artists and workmates to make films by workers, for workers and about workers. Fighting films is their story.

Operating in Sydney during period of intense conservatism and anti-communist feeling, the film unit provided an alternative to the mainstream media of the day, and aimed to counter what the union saw as misinformation and anti-worker propaganda.

An authoritative and lively account, Fighting Films chronicles the Unit’s work and methods and provides a fascinating insight into the intersecting worlds of trade unionism and film culture, connecting the history of the Unit to the social, industrial and cultural events of Australia in the fifties.

Lisa Milner is a write and academic specializing in Australian film history and cultural studies. She has written extensively on Left-wing documentaries and film-makers, is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Australian Film, and has recently overseen the restoration of the Bowraville Theater.

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Fighting Films Book
Fighting Films Book