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Jolly Read won the Channel 7 Young Filmmakers' Award for Best Script and Best Film in 1975. She began a career in journalism a year later. Her first book, Marksy, was published in 1998. Kangkushot, The Life of Nyamal Lawman Peter Coppin was published in 1999 and short-listed for the 1999 WA Premier's Book Awards. In 2004, her play Yandy won the WA Premiers Book Award for best script. Jolly has spent 20 years working with Indigenous communities on native title, music and writing/oral history projects. In 2005, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study Indigenous storytelling and preservation/development of culture and native title issues.
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Yandy tells the story of the first Aboriginal workers' strike in this nation's history. In 1946, 800 pastoral workers in the vast Pilbara went on strike. A quarter of a century later they eventually gained their own land and station at Yandeyarra, near Port Hedland. This landmark event happened 20 years before cattle workers in the Northern Territory staged the more widely documented Wave Hill strike. One of the original Pilbara strike leaders, Peter Coppin ('Kangkushot') lived on the land he fought so hard to regain until his death in 2006 aged 86. His experiences and life story have inspired and informed the script. Yandy is a major Australian story that tells of the enormous courage and determination by the strikers - in the face of brutality, starvation, chainings and gaolings - to break their bonds of slavery to the pastoralists.
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Naturalistic drama with black comedy 100 min
Male: 8 Female: 2 Other: Variable cast - 19 roles
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