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Australian Rules - Movie Trailer

Based on the novel Deadly, Unna?, by Phillip Gwynne, Australian Rules tells the story of 16-year-old Gary Black -- average football player, budding wordsmith and reluctant hero. Gary is the toast of his remote South Australian fishing town when he inadvertently helps his local football team win the Grand Final. But celebrations turn to violence when Gary's Aboriginal best friend, Dumby Red, is denied the 'Best and Fairest' medal because of the racism of local officials. In a night when the town's long-simmering racial tensions boil over, Dumby Red is shot and killed and Gary, making a courageous personal stand, must confront the insidious racism of the town and his own father.

Bushwhacked - Series Trailer

Bushwhacked!' is a 13-part series hosted by Brandon Walters and Kayne Tremills as they set off on the adventure of a lifetime to remote corners of Australia, meeting the country's weird and wonderful wildlife, and learning about Indigenous rites and rituals. The series brings the bush to the 'burbs, as Brandon sets Kayne a new challenge each episode, to track down one of Australia's unique animals. But it is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. It's a fun-fuelled, adrenalin-pumping, fast-paced adventure following these two colourful characters -- one an ice cool bushman; the other a skateboarding city-slicker who's never been into the heart of Aboriginal Australia. Whether it be chasing down dangerous spiders, killer sharks and venomous snakes, or friendly penguins and loveable turtles; adventure is never far away, as the boys challenge each other with rock climbing, skydiving and zip-lining. Along the way, Brandon introduces Kayne to friends from local Indigenous communities who get the boys involved in everything from traditional smoking ceremonies to investigating local bush tucker and bush medicine. Humour and high spirits are a trademark throughout the series, as Brandon and Kayne often find themselves out of their comfort zones as they take the journey of a lifetime together.

Bushwhacked! - Series 2 Trailer

Bushwhacked! weaves adventure, travel, food, wildlife, history and culture as Kayne Tremills goes on the adventure of a lifetime with Indigenous co-host Kami...

Bushwhacked! - Series 3 Trailer

Kayne is ready to brave Kamil’s new round of bigger and bolder adrenalin-fueled outback missions in Bushwhacked! - Series 3.

Just like Series 2, viewers can expect to see Kayne turn the tables on his cheeky co-host when he constructs related mini-missions for Kamil.  

Kayne and Kamil’s adventures lead them on a path of environmental awareness and intrigue when they accompany wildlife experts and scientists on research missions to better understand our natural world and endangered species.

Double Trouble

Sixteen year old Yuma lives with her wealthy father and step family in Sydney. Kyanna, also 16, lives in a community in the central Australian desert with her mother and extended family.

Separated at birth, these twin girls are completely unaware that the other exists, until a twist of fate sees them bump into each other in Alice Springs.

Little J & Big Cuz - Trailer

Little J and Big Cuz follows the adventures of five-year-old Little J and his nine-year-old cousin Big Cuz - a couple of lively Indigenous kids who live with their Nanna and their dog called Old Dog. Along with their 4 year old friend B Boy, they love to explore the world around them through the gap in Nanna’s fence. With the help of Nanna and their school teacher Ms Chen, they learn to understand and appreciate their world and their culture.

My Place - Series 2 Trailer

Continuing on from where My Place Series 1 left off, Series 2 takes us on journey even further back in time.

Based on the Nadia Wheatley & Donna Rawlins picture book, My Place is the story of one spot in Australia told by the children who lived there. In Series 2 we start in 1878 and continue back in time to an Australian landscape before European settlement.

Each episode is set in the same place, with all the kids, regardless of the era in which they live, having a habit of getting into some sort of trouble!

My Place - Series Trailer

My Place is the story of one spot in Australia told by the children who lived there over 130 years, starting in 2008 and going back to 1888. Thirteen children, all with a talent for some kind of trouble. Each living in the very same spot, each hiding up the very same fig tree, each with an adventure to tell.

MY:24 - Trailer

Twenty-six young people from around Australia tell their story about the day that changed their lives forever and how the events of 24 hours can fundamentally change attitudes and aspirations.

Ready For This - Series Trailer

Set in inner city Sydney, Ready for This is the story of six teenagers, all elite within their own field, each with a different agenda and different dreams.

Yolngu Boy - Movie Trailer

Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Aboriginal teenagers caught between the modern world and the oldest living culture on Earth. The boys once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters, but things have changed and their paths are diverging. When Botj finds himself on the wrong side of both black and white law, Lorrpu and Milika risk their own future to save their friend. Leaving behind their community, the boys trek through the unforgiving wilderness to Darwin to argue Botj's case with their tribal leader. To survive, they must draw on the ancient bush knowledge they were taught as boys and, most importantly, on their bonds of friendship. A groundbreaking Australian film and Australian Film Institute Award winner, destined to become a classic.

Resource Description

The diverse histories, communities and cultures of Indigenous Australian children are represented in a range of ACTF content.

Our new animated series Little J and Big Cuz follows five-year old Little J as he explores his environment and his new school. The My Place episode ‘1788: Waruwi’ depicts the arrival of the First Fleet from an Aboriginal girl’s perspective, and the episodes centring on characters Bunda and Barangaroo show what life was like for Indigenous children prior to white settlement. In our factual series MY:24, Ryan is inspired by Indigenous dance, and Tyrone discusses his transition from a troubled teenager to his current leadership roles.

The Indigenous short animation Wadu Matyidi and two accompanying units of work from our Language of Belonging resource are freely available to Australian teachers through Scootle. Wadu Matyidi tells - in Adnyamathanha language - the story of three adventurous kids who set out for a day of exploration, playing games and spooking one another with tales of ancient creatures, until they see unusual tracks that get their hears and imaginations racing. The linked units of work guide teachers and students in inquiring into natural and cultural heritage, including the creation of portfolios about students’ own ancestors, culture and heritage.

The teaching materials in this package will support teachers in exploring the cross-curricular priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, and build an appreciation of diverse perspectives. These resources are suitable for upper primary and secondary students.

Year Level

Early Childhood (F-3), Middle Primary (4-5), Middle Years (5-9), Senior Secondary and Tertiary

Curriculum Study Areas

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages, Intercultural Understanding


communities, culture and traditions, heritage and ancestry, identity