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Country Outcasts

28m Documentary, History, Indigenous 1977

The story of an Aboriginal country music band from the city that tours remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia for the first time.

Country Outcasts is a band made up of Aboriginal country and western musicians who have grown up in the city. Now the Outcasts – including Harry, Wilga and Gus Williams, Mac Silver and Auriel Andrew – are going on tour to Central Australia, visiting Alice Springs and remote communities in Hermannsburg (Ntaria), Papunya and Yuendumu for the first time. Country Outcasts offers a fascinating insight into the thoughts and feelings of the band as they bring their version of ‘white man’s culture’ to Aboriginal communities where traditional culture and language are strong.

A note on the definition of this title: The NFSA is pleased to be able to share Country Outcasts 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.


David Roberts


Peter Johnson





Bonus Content

Introduction Country Outcasts


Curator of the Buwindja Collection, Gillian Moody shares what inspired her to select Country Outcasts. She invites you to engage, explore, reflect on and Buwindja (remember) these exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and stories.

In Conversation


Gillian Moody, Curator of Buwindja, 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. They reflect on how the films in the Buwindja Collection showcase eras of change in filmmaking with fascinating insights into the dramatic shift from stories being told about First Nations peoples to Indigenous filmmakers telling their own stories. As Pauline powerfully states, it is now the case that ’Nothing about us without us’”.

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