The Resource Something of the times, a film directed by Kim McKenzie

Something of the times, a film directed by Kim McKenzie

Label
Something of the times
Title
Something of the times
Statement of responsibility
a film directed by Kim McKenzie
Title variation
Something of the times
Title variation remainder
the story of Aboriginal and White buffalo hunters in the remote wetlands of the Northern Territory in the 1930s
Contributor
Director
Photographer
Researcher
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Tom Cole and his researcher Robert Levitus visit Kakadu National Park and Alec's Hole on the Wildman River where Tom and his hunting group set up camps to hunt buffalo in the 1930s; he mentions that Victoria Settlement (Port Essington) was the location of where the buffalo were first brought to Australia; he meets with several of the Aboriginal men and women who worked for him both as hunters and camp attendants; each of the people tell their story of their days working in the buffalo hunting industry; a photo is shown of an Aboriginal man called "Yellow Charlie" Whittaker who was one of the greatest shooters on horseback; Norman Ross Nabobob talks about being a buffalo hunter and describes his treatment by the police and going to the Surpreme Court when he speared and killed a man who he was sure killed his father; also Norman describes his experience when he was caught up in the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese during World War II; Tom, Robert, Peter and Norman inspect the area where the original camp once stood and talk about old times; Peter Panquee and Tom talk about the people who worked in the camps; Carla Ngalyorrun worked at the camp when she was a young woman and describes how she salted the hides, made shelters out of paperbark to hang the hides from and gathered paperbark and grass; she remembers that she worked for food and clothing and tobacco and says that she was never paid any money in those days; Carla refers to Tom as forgetting his Mayali language as she speaks partly in English and partly in Mayali; Toby Gangele (Carla's son) talks about the treatment of Aboriginal women by the white men as being quite violent; Dave Lindner the Environmental Manager for the Gagudju Association of traditional owners talks to Tom about the modern methods used to control the buffalo; Dave talks to Tom about shooting hundreds of buffalo stranded in a water hole in the 1960s; Dave mentions that the buffalo broke the back of the country and that today they wouldn't survive in the large numbers that existed then as there isn't the environment to support them; Tom assumes that the buffalo were able to reach a great number due to the lack of control during WWII; Tom and Dave find an Aboriginal stone axe in the mud and discuss how it could be used when skinning and cutting up the buffalo; Dave explains that the grass the buffalo eat would normally break down salt in the marshland providing the right nutrient balance for plants, trees and animals giving them fresh water but as the buffalo have eaten all the grass this doesn't happen so now in those areas there is just a wasteland of dry dirt and mud
Cataloging source
WCX
Characteristic
  • motion picture
  • videorecording
Credits note
Director: Kim McKenzie; production assistant: Norma Briscoe; music: Cathy O'Sullivan and Chris Sullivan; research: Robert Levitus
Date of event
1983-1985
Date time place
Filmed at
Dewey number
305.89915
Government publication
publication of autonomous or semi autonomous component of government
Language note
In English with English subtitles
PerformerNote
Tom Cole; Dan Gillespie; "Yellow Charlie" Whittaker; Norman Ross Nabobob; Peter Panquee; Carla Ngalyorrun; Toby Gangele (Carla's son); Dave Lindner; Talking Billy Gunbunuka
Place of event
Annaburroo Station and West Alligator River, N.T.,
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1949-2013
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • McKenzie, Kim
  • Levitus, Robert
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
  • Ronin Films
Runtime
41
Series statement
The AIATSIS Collection
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cole, Tom
  • Gillespie, D.
  • Whittaker, Charlie
  • Nababob, Norman Ross
  • Panquee, Peter
  • Ngalyorrun, Carla
  • Yangali, Toby
  • Gunbunuka, Billy
  • Lindner, David
  • Buffaloes
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Hunting
Target audience
general
Technique
live action
Label
Something of the times, a film directed by Kim McKenzie
Instantiates
Distribution
Copyright
Note
Song: "The Buffalo Shooter's Song" by Jim Doyle and Allan Stewart
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
  • two-dimensional moving image
  • spoken word
  • performed music
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000051895731
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 41 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, colour
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)857764745
System details
Region all; PAL
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Something of the times, a film directed by Kim McKenzie
Distribution
Copyright
Note
Song: "The Buffalo Shooter's Song" by Jim Doyle and Allan Stewart
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
  • two-dimensional moving image
  • spoken word
  • performed music
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000051895731
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 41 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, colour
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)857764745
System details
Region all; PAL
Video recording format
DVD

Library Locations

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      51 Lawson Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601, AU
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