Utopia, from the Bafta and Emmy Award winning director and recipient of the 2009 Sydney Peace Prize, John Pilger, draws on his long association with the first people of his homeland Australia.
The film is both an epic portrayal of the oldest continuous human culture, and an investigation into a suppressed colonial past and rapacious present.
One of the world’s best kept secrets is revealed against a background of the greatest boom in mineral wealth. Has the ‘lucky country’ inherited South African apartheid?
Utopia, a new, epic film on Australia by John Pilger, has been released in cinemas in the UK in November and will be shown on ITV on Thursday 19 December. Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA) in Sydney, with screenings from 21-23 January and on Australia Day, 26 January. For information visit mca.com.au
Free open-air screening at the Block in Redfern
Friday January 17, 2014 starting 7pm
Corner Eveleigh & Caroline Streets Redfern
Bring a picnic & blanket or chairs
Introduced by film-maker John Pilger
With special guests from the film Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM (Utopia community), Amy McGuire (editor of Tracker magazine) and Robert and Selina Eggington (Dumbartung)
MC Bronwyn Penrith (Human Rights advocate)
Screening supported by: City of Sydney Council, Redfern Community Centre, Aboriginal Housing Company, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning Research (UTS), Tracker magazine, Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Watch the trailer: http://johnpilger.com/videos/utopia-trailer
Watch John’s message about the film: http://johnpilger.com/videos/john-pilgers-video-message-about-utopia
Read John Pilger’s Guardian article: http://johnpilger.com/articles/the-brutal-past-and-present-are-another-country-in-secret-australia
For more information:
twitter: @Utopia_film Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Johnpilgerutopia
“Pilger stands out from the crowd as a documentarian… his experience is second to none… Utopia is essential viewing”
THE GUARDIAN ★★★★
“This powerful film by John Pilger looks at the awful truth behind white Australia’s dysfunctional relationship with Indigenous Australians”
TOTAL FILM ★★★★
“Powerful… Passionate… Commanding”
For more reviews see http://utopiajohnpilger.co.uk/reviews