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Everyday Brave Season 1

6 Episodes Documentary, Indigenous

A series profiling First Nations Australians who have fought daily battles against discrimination, apathy and ignorance to make a real difference.

EVERYDAY BRAVE profiles First Nations Australians who have fought daily battles against discrimination, apathy and ignorance to make a real difference. They come from across the country – bush and city – and are often largely unknown outside their communities. Their achievements are spread across the arts, commerce, education, health and politics but all these people are defined by their unwavering commitment to the promotion of First Nations rights, culture and identity. Their stories tell of lives marked by struggles and hardship but lightened by joy and humour. In this series, they share with us their unique perspectives and their ideas for the future.


Mitch Torres


Allan Collins


Donna Ives


Danielle MacLean


Darlene Johnson


Rod Freedman


Jeffrey Bruer


Saltwater Bluesman - Uncle Kiddo Taylor


Uncle Kiddo is one of the fathers of the ‘Broome Sound’ and a vital and positive force in the lives of younger generations. His music reflects Broome’s unique cultural mix of Aboriginal, Japanese, Malay, Filipino, Indonesian, Chinese and European influences.

Mistake Creek - Steve Craig


Steve Craig manages a highly successful and proudly self-sufficient cattle station for its traditional owners, the Mistake Creek community. But it hasn’t always been that way. Mistake Creek is an example of how dreams can be fulfilled – with commitment, dedication and sheer hard work.

Media Nomads - The Thaiday Brothers


When Bill and Mick Thaiday grew up on Palm Island in the 1950s, it was radio that took their minds away from the strict regime imposed by the Aboriginal Protection Act. Later, it would also free them from the grip of alcohol addiction and start them on a journey that’s lasted almost 20 years.

Jetja Nai Medical Mob - Naomi Mayers


Naomi Mayers started as a secretary in the Aboriginal Medical Service – and became its CEO. It’s taken great strength of character and political focus to achieve all that she has – something Naomi attributes to her roots on the old Cummeragunja mission.

For Who I Am - Bonita Mabo


Many people have heard of Bonita Mabo. Few realise that she is an Australian of South Sea Islander and Aboriginal descent, or know that she raised 10 children, often single-handedly. After her husband Eddie’s death, Bonita fought strongly for Australian South Sea Islander recognition.

Stranger In My Skin - Ray Cotti


Ray Cotti was born to Aboriginal parents but adopted by a Swiss-German family in Sydney and grew up thinking of himself as white. After living in foster care and in institutions, he has had to take a journey of self-discovery to locate his origins and learn to be at home in his own skin.

Bonus Content

Introduction Everyday Brave


Curator of the Buwindja Collection, Gillian Moody shares what inspired her to select Everyday Brave. 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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