First time tragedy: second time farce

James Swinson, Cumming John and Jane Madsen 1989 First time tragedy: second time farce, video recording, Melbourne, Vic., Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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Title First time tragedy: second time farce
Alternative title First time tragedy: second film farce
Creator(s) James Swinson
Cumming JohnORCID iD for Cumming John
Jane Madsen
Partner(s) Film Victoria, Australia
Zero One
Counter Productions
Year presented 1989
Year created 1989
Publisher Melbourne Fringe Festival
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Description of moving image 1 videorecording (75 min.) :sd., col.
Keyword(s) Documentary films
First Fleet Re-enactment, 1987-1988
Australian Bicentenary, 1988 -- Drama
Aboriginal Australians -- Attitudes -- Drama
Summary The re-enactment of the First Fleet from the United Kingdom to Australia and the arbitrary celebration of the two hundred years of British settlement becomes a catalyst to consider the issues of colonialism, cultural and national identity. This film looks at the construction of national identity and dissent around the Australian Bicentennial.
Notes First Time Tragedy Second Time Farce was co-directed/produced/written by John Cumming, Jane Madsen, James Swinson. It was made with financial assistance from Film Victoria. It was screened at the Melbourne Fringe Festival (1989), Bristol Rio Cinema and Watermans Art Centre (by Amnesty International) in London (U.K. 1990), the Film and History Conference (Sydney, 1989) and broadcast by RTE TV (Ireland 1990). Held in the film collections of The Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islanders, Screensound Australia. Production company: Zero One, and Counter Productions. A Major Creative Exhibition of First Time Tragedy, Second Film Farce took the form of a touring exhibition of the film in the UK and Germany in the period 2008-10.
Language eng
Indigenous content on
Field of Research 190204 Film and Television
Socio Economic Objective 890402 Film and Video Services (excl. Animation and Computer Generated Imagery)
HERDC Research category F Audio-visual recordings
ERA Research output type JR1 Recorded or Rendered Creative Works - Film, Video
Copyright notice ©1989, John Cumming, Jane Madsen, James Swinson
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