Teddy Briscoe (2000)

A documentary about an Indigenous stockman, and the legacy carried on by his family.

Documentary, Biography
Length: 24 minutes
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series 12
Directed by Melissa Juhanson

Teddy Briscoe (2000) from CAAMA on Vimeo.

“Teddy Briscoe, once a stockman, is now an old man, and his family is continuing the tradition of working with horses and cattle. The cattle industry of the Northern Territory relied on Indigenous stockmen. Teddy Briscoe is an elder who, through telling his story, shares with us the historical importance of men like him to the Australian cattle industry – past and present. In its signature treatment of oral histories, the Nganampa Anwernekenhe series uses a personal account as an entry into larger social, political and cultural perspectives. There is an historical relationship between Indigenous people involved in the cattle industry and the push for human and cultural rights.

“The role of Indigenous stockmen has been noted as critical to the Australian cattle industry. The work provided, and continues to provide, a means by which Indigenous peoples can earn an income and stay on their cultural homelands. In fact the first recognition of Aboriginal land ownership came about when Vincent Lingiari led 400 stockmen and their families in a walkout at Wave Hill. Teddy Briscoe is an important testimonial to the strength and determination of the Indigenous peoples who used this industry to assert their voices, and to maintain contact with their communities, family and land.”

Romaine Moreton, curator Australian Screen

DVD available from Ronin Films.

Further clips and teachers notes are available from Australian Screen. If you intend to use this film in the classroom please purchase an educational copy from Ronin Films.

Production companies - CAAMA Production and Walpiri Media Association
Producer - Melissa Juhanson
Executive producer - Priscilla Collins
Series producer - Jacqueline Bethel
Director - Melissa Juhanson

The Nganampa Anwernekenhe Documentary series is produced by CAAMA for Imparja Television