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Women Of Utopia

19m Documentary, History, First Nations 1984

Discover the captivating world of the women artists of Utopia Station who produce beautiful batik which is sold and exhibited around the world.

Women of Utopia showcases the work of Aboriginal women who live on Utopia Station near Alice Springs and run their own artists’ program. The women produce beautiful batik, which they sell to shops, galleries and museums throughout the world – some of which is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Among the women featured are Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gloria Pitjara (Petyarre), Rosie Kunoth-Monks and Myrtle Pitjara (Petyarre). Kngwarreye is internationally renowned for her painting but began her art practice in Utopia making batiks. The film also provides valuable insight into the lives of these women, including showing them hunting, gathering and cooking food.

Produced by Film Australia for the National Aboriginal Employment Development Committee.

© National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Keith Gow


Elisabeth Knight


Myrtle Pitjara


Keith Gow





Bonus Content

In Conversation


Gillian Moody 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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