Synopsis: Nicholas Wrathall's timely documentary Undermined: Tales From The Kimberley will be released in cinemas nationally on Thursday 21 February by Umbrella Entertainment, following successful screenings at several key Australian film festivals.
Australia's vast and unspoiled Kimberley region is under threat, with mining, pastoralism and irrigated agriculture driving an unprecedented land grab. Undermined investigates the politics of an area now branded "the future economic powerhouse of Australia," and what this means for our First People and their unique cultural landscapes. As pressure from industry exposes the limits of Indigenous land rights, what will remain of over 200 remote Aboriginal communities? We follow young leader Albert Wiggan, veteran cattleman Kevin Oscar, Dr Anne Poelina and Senior Elder June Davis through David-and-Goliath battles to preserve their homelands, asking the question: for whose benefit is this development?
Work on Undermined began in 2014 when the filmmakers were working in the Kimberley when the state government announced the plan to close 150 remote Aboriginal communities. There was initially little in-depth media coverage reaching the East Coast of Australia, so director, producer and writer Nicholas Wrathall and producer and writer Stephanie King set out to record the stories of local people affected.
Undermined: Tales From The Kimberley is an enlightening documentary that approaches the ongoing situation in the area head on, and encourages audiences to ensure that the conversation continues.
Undermined: Tales From The Kimberley
Release Date: 21st February, 2019
Participating cinemas: Dendy Newtown, Dendy Canberra, Nova Carlton, Classic Elsternwick, New Farm Brisbane, Luna Leederville and Luna Essex.