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Australian Biography: Ruby Langford Ginibi

28m Documentary, History, Indigenous 1997

The life of award-winning Bundjalung writer and historian Ruby Langford Ginibi is a story of triumph against the odds.

The life of Ruby Langford Ginibi is a story of triumph against the odds. She was born on a mission station in Coraki, NSW, and her mother left the family when Langford was six years old. At the age of 16, she embarked on the first of four tumultuous relationships and went on to raise nine children, variously working as a fencer, cleaner and machinist. Three of her children died, and one son has spent almost half his life in correctional institutions. In 1984, after overcoming an alcohol addiction, Langford wrote her autobiography Don’t Take Your Love to Town, which won the 1988 Human Rights Literary Award, followed by Real Deadly (1992) and My Bundjalung People (1994). Her books are now studied in Australian high schools and universities.

A note on the definition of this title: The NFSA is pleased to be able to share this title on NFSA Player. This film is in SD as the digital preservation of original material and remastering to HD is part of the ongoing work of archives in a digital age. However, we didn’t want to wait to share this remarkable film with you. We thank you for your understanding.


Frank Heimans


Frank Heimans


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Bonus Content

Introduction Ruby Langford Ginibi


Curator of the Buwindja Collection, Gillian Moody shares with you what inspired her to select Australian Biography: Ruby Langford Ginibi, and invites you to engage, explore and reflect on and to Buwindja - Remember the exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and stories.

In Conversation


Gillian Moody, Curator of the Buwindja Collection, sits down with Pauline Clague, Filmmaker and Associate Professor, Jumbunna, UTS, as they take a deep dive into the rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling in screen culture. Reflecting on how the films in the Buwindja Collection showcase eras of change in filmmaking with fascinating insights into some of the dramatic shifts from stories simply being told about First Nation’s peoples to the present where filmmakers are telling their own stories through their Indigenous lens. As Pauline powerfully states it is now the case “Nothing about us without us”.

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