Background to 'Utopia', John Pilger's documentary film about Aboriginal people in Australia

Last updated: 27 May 2014

"The Premiere of Utopia was held at the London National Film Theatre (BFI South Bank) on Thursday 3 October 2013. A large crowd attended the screening and many signed a message calling for Treaties to be negotiated between Aboriginal Nations and the Australian Government."

"When John Pilger returns to Australia's outback for his new feature documentary "Utopia" he finds that little has changed since his making "The Secret Country" in 1985. In his new film Utopia, John says that until white Australia negotiates a genuine Treaty with Indigenous Australia, it can never claim its own nationhood."

Respect and Listen - 'Utopia': http://www.respectandlisten.org/miscellaneous/docos/utopia.html

- Main Websites

Utopia - A film by John Pilger
http://utopiajohnpilger.co.uk/
"Drawing on his long association with the first people of his homeland Australia, Utopia is both an epic portrayal of the oldest continuous human culture, and an investigation into a suppressed colonial past and rapacious present."

Respect and Listen: Docos: 'Utopia'
http://www.respectandlisten.org/miscellaneous/docos/utopia.html
http://www.respectandlisten.org/miscellaneous/docos/
http://www.respectandlisten.org/miscellaneous/docos/utopia/screenings/au...

JohnPilger.com - the films and journalism of John Pilger
http://johnpilger.com/
"Utopia, a new, epic film on Australia by John Pilger, will be released in Australia in January 2014. The film has been named among the top films of 2013."

- Upcoming Events

Utopia - All Screenings
http://utopiajohnpilger.co.uk/showings

- Compilations

WGAR News: SBS TV: Watch John Pilger's 'Utopia', on Saturday 31st May 2014, 8:35pm SBSONE (27 May 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/05/27/wgar-news-sbs-tv-watch-john-pilgers-u...
"Contents:
* johnpilger.com : Utopia, John Pilger's latest film, to be broadcast on SBS Australia on 31 May
* Chris Graham, New Matilda: Utopia: The Inside Story
* The Stringer: A long way to go for 'Utopia'
* Background to 'Utopia', John Pilger's documentary film about Aboriginal people in Australia
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention"

WGAR News: Interview with John Pilger on 'Utopia: an Epic Struggle of Resistance': Radio New Zealand (17 Mar 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/16/wgar-news-interview-with-john-pilger-...
"Contents:
* Radio New Zealand: Interview with John Pilger on 'Utopia: an Epic Struggle of Resistance'
* Respect and Listen: Utopia Screenings: Chauvel Cinema: Introduction by John Pilger and Q&A session
* Respect and Listen: Utopia Screenings: Green Left Weekly Screening: Ray Jackson, President of ISJA and John Pilger
* Upcoming Event: 21 March 2014, Redfern: Utopia filmmaker John Pilger speaks at STICS Forum: 'Aboriginal Rights; Rebuild the Fight'
* ABC RN Big Ideas: Interview about 'Utopia' with Jared Sharp, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
* Sol Bellear, SMH: Pilger's message to white Australia cannot be dismissed
* Adam Goodes, SMH: Hostility to John Pilger's film a denial of nation's brutal past
* Mel Barnes, co-editor of Green Left Weekly: Adam Goodes says 'have the courage to watch Utopia'
* Martin Flanagan, The Age: Adam Goodes has right stuff to light the way for us all
* NACCHO Aboriginal health: Hostility to Utopia film a denial of nation’s brutal past -Sol Bellear and Adam Goodes
* Respect and Listen: Amnesty International Redfern Action Group: Utopia speech by Gerry Georgatos and Q&A session
* Shyamla Eswaran, Tracker: On the Record: On the spiritual high road
* NIT: Thousands flock to see Utopia
* Respect and Listen: Utopia: Where to get the doco - Ordering the Utopia DVD
* Background to 'Utopia', John Pilger's documentary film about Aboriginal people in Australia"

WGAR News: ... (7 Mar 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/06/wgar-news-michael-mansell-talks-treat...
"Contents: ...
* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Chris Graham about Warren Mundine’s Treaty comments, Utopia by John Pilger and Constitutional Recognition ...
* NACCHO Aboriginal health: Hostility to Utopia film a denial of nation’s brutal past -Sol Bellear and Adam Goodes
* Sol Bellear, SMH: Pilger's message to white Australia cannot be dismissed
* Fleta Page, The Canberra Times: John Pilger hopes to open eyes to plight of Aboriginals with Utopia
* Background to 'Utopia', John Pilger's documentary film about Aboriginal people in Australia ... "

WGAR News: Paddy Gibson associate producer of Utopia on the Redfern premiere and its wider impact: Perth Indymedia Radio Show (11 Feb 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/02/11/wgar-news-paddy-gibson-associate-prod...
"Contents:
* Perth Indymedia Radio Show: Paddy Gibson associate producer of Utopia on the Redfern premiere and its wider impact
* Stop the Intervention: Videos from the event 'Utopia screening for Unions'
[Featuring Ray Jackson and Paddy Gibson]
* The Project (Channel 10 - Australia) reports about Utopia and interviews John Pilger
* Fran Kelly, ABC RN Breakfast: John Pilger discusses new film 'Utopia'
* Respect and Listen, Vimeo: Utopia at the Sydney book launch of "In the Absence of Treaty"
[Featuring Jeff McMullen and John Pilger]
* Facebook: Utopia - A film by John Pilger
[Featuring Adam Goodes]
* Upcoming Australian screenings of John Pilger's film, 'Utopia' ... "

WGAR News: Robert and Selina Eggington, Rosalie Kunoth Monks and John Pilger speak about 'Utopia' (2 Feb 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/02/01/wgar-news-robert-and-selina-eggington...
"Contents:
* Upcoming screenings of John Pilger's documentary film, 'Utopia'
* Perth Indymedia Radio Show: Utopia: a new documentary from John Pilger we speak with Robert Eggington about it
[Featuring Robert and Selina Eggington speaking about their involvement in Utopia]
* Joanna Lester, Living Black Radio: Remembering Communities Under The Intervention This Survival Day
[Featuring Elder Rosalie Kunoth Monks explaining her role in Utopia]
* Rewi Lyall, Perth Indymedia Radio Show: [Interview with] Award-winning filmmaker John Pilger on Utopia
* Respect and Listen: Utopia: The MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) panel debate
[Videos featuring participants: John Pilger, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Amy McQuire, Jeff McMullen]
* Amy McQuire, The Guardian: Australia Day: Indigenous people are told to 'get over it'. It's impossible
[Amy McQuire was a researcher for Utopia] ... "

WGAR News: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks and John Pilger speak at the Australian premiere of 'Utopia' in Redfern (22 Jan 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/01/21/wgar-news-rosalie-kunoth-monks-and-jo...
"Contents:
* Respect and Listen compilation: Australian Premier of Utopia: Redfern Sydney Screening [Fri 17 January 2014]
* Respect and Listen, Vimeo: Utopia screening in Redfern - Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
* Respect and Listen, Vimeo: Utopia screening in Redfern - John Pilger
* JohnPilger.com : Record 4,000 audience attend open-air premiere of Utopia in Australia [In The Block in Redfern]
* The Guardian: Q&A with Amelia Kunoth-Monks: on the devastation brought upon First Nations by government policies
* Lake Diary Photos: John Pilger At Utopia Australian Premiere
* Troy Henderson, Radical Blues: John Pilger’s Utopia [The Block in Redfern for the Sydney premiere]
* Nick Galvin, Sydney Morning Herald: Outside pressure key to better life for Aborigines, says Pilger
* THING2THING: John Pilger’s 'Utopia' [January 17th 2014 at The Block in Redfern]
* Workers Bush Telegraph: John Pilger on 'Utopia' [Inaugural public showing at the block in redfern]
* Whispering Jack: Redfern: John Pilger's 'Utopia' [The Block in Redfern]
* Background to 'Utopia', John Pilger's documentary film about Aboriginal people in Australia"

WGAR News: John Pilger: Utopia is one of the most urgent films I have made: The Guardian (12 Jan 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/01/11/wgar-news-john-pilger-utopia-is-one-o...
"Contents:
* Respect and Listen: 'Utopia' film has been named among the top five films of 2013
* Respect and Listen: John Pilger's video message about Utopia
* Respect and Listen: Utopia website
* Celeste Liddle, Tracker: Utopia: An Aboriginal perspective
* Chris Graham, Tracker: Utopia: The inside story
* The Guardian: John Pilger's Utopia: meet Felicity and Basil Hayes of Whitegate town camp - video
* The Guardian: John Pilger's Utopia: Meet Patricia Morton-Thomas - video
* The Guardian: John Pilger: Utopia is one of the most urgent films I have made
* New Events as of 11 Jan 14: John Pilger's film 'Utopia':
January February & March 2014:
Sydney, Perth, Jervis Bay, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide & Armidale ... "

WGAR News: How to support the Aboriginal people in their struggle for justice: JohnPilger.com (26 Dec 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/26/wgar-news-how-to-support-the-aborigin...
"Contents:
* John Pilger, The Stringer: John Pilger goes back to his homeland to investigate Australia's dirtiest secret
* JohnPilger.com : How to support the Aboriginal people in their struggle for justice
* Upcoming Australian screenings of John Pilger's documentary film, 'Utopia'
* WGAR News: Interview - John Pilger exposes Australia's shocking secret in Utopia: Australian Times (24 Nov 13)
* Respect and Listen: Utopia
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention ... "

WGAR News: Interview - John Pilger exposes Australia's shocking secret in Utopia: Australian Times (24 Nov 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/11/23/wgar-news-interview-john-pilger-expos...
"Contents:
* Paddy Gibson, Socialist Worker: Utopia: The brutal theft of a continent goes on in Australia
* Australian Times: Interview - John Pilger exposes Australia's shocking secret in Utopia
* Niall Mulholland, from The Socialist: An interview with the maker of Utopia, John Pilger
* The Stringer: John Pilger - 'Utopia' - launches in Australia in January
* JohnPilger.com : "Utopia will be launched in Australia in January"
* JohnPilger.com : Utopia reviews
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention ... "

WGAR News: In the lucky country of Australia apartheid is alive and kicking: John Pilger, The Guardian (8 Nov 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/11/07/wgar-news-in-the-lucky-country-of-aus...
"Contents:
* John Pilger, The Guardian: In the lucky country of Australia apartheid is alive and kicking
* New Internationalist magazine interview: John Pilger: Australia's silent apartheid
* The Guardian: John Pilger's Utopia: watch the world exclusive trailer - video
* The Stringer: Stealing A Nation [a documentary by John Pilger and Chris Martin] ... "

WGAR News: Premiere of John Pilger's documentary film 'Utopia' held at London National Film Theatre (11 Oct 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/10/11/wgar-news-premiere-of-john-pilgers-do...
"Contents:
* 'concerned Australians': John Pilger's film "UTOPIA"
* Café Whispers: Notes from London [Featuring John Pilger's documentary 'Utopia']
* Economic Voice: 'Utopia' by John Pilger released in UK on 15th November
* A new John Pilger film, Utopia, to be released in UK cinemas in November"

WGAR News: Tiga Bayles interview with John Pilger: First Nations Peoples and the new Film 'Utopia' (5 May 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/04/wgar-news-tiga-bayles-interview-with-...
"Contents:
* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews John Pilger about his life long support for First Nations Peoples and his new Film 'Utopia'
* Respect and Listen: Docos: The Secret Country: A special message from John Pilger
* Respect and Listen: Docos: The Secret Country: Guest Speaker Sue Gillett
* Respect and Listen: Docos: The Secret Country: Some Statistics - Then and Now [from Paddy Gibson]
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: John Pilger on racism in Australia
* Therese Mortensen, Amnesty International Australia: No more secrets
* Candace Sutton, The Australian: Aboriginal squalor among Australia's 'dirtiest secrets' says expat
* Paul Bleakley, Australian Times: Treatment of Indigenous Australians our "dirtiest little secret", says Pilger
* New John Pilger film, Utopia, to be broadcast on ITV and released worldwide
* The Guardian Audio Edition: John Pilger on the plight of Aboriginal Australians"

WGAR News: Australia's boom is anything but for its Aboriginal people: John Pilger, The Guardian (1 May 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/30/wgar-news-australias-boom-is-anything...
"Contents:
* John Pilger, The Guardian: Australia's boom is anything but for its Aboriginal people ... "

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See these Northern Territory (NT) webpages:

Background to Dismantling the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) - 99 year leases
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/31/background-to-dismantling-the-aborigi...

Background to Aboriginal Community Living Area Land Reform in the Northern Territory (NT)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/12/background-to-aboriginal-community-li...

Background to the Protect Arnhem Land Campaign, Northern Territory (NT)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/10/02/background-to-the-protect-arnhem-land...

Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-...

Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt...

Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in NT, Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nu...

Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-l...

Background to the NT Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-the-nt-alcohol-mandator...

Background to 'Keeping Them Home': Campaign against Forced Aboriginal Adoption in the NT
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-keeping-them-home-campa...

Background: Calls for 'Stronger Futures' laws to be subject to Human Rights scrutiny
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/07/background-calls-for-stronger-futures...

Background to support for the Yolngu statement and opposition to the Stronger Futures laws
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/background-to-support-for-the-yolngu-...

Background to the Ampilatwatja Anti-Intervention Walk-off - Northern Territory (NT), Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/21/background-to-the-ampilatwatja-anti-i...

Background to NT Aboriginal candidates in the 2013 Australian Federal elections
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/09/01/background-to-nt-aboriginal-candidate...

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WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)

About WGAR News:
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/30/about-wgar-news-working-group-for-abo...

WGAR background info web-pages:
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/03/about-wgar-news-wgar-background-info-...

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