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WHEN THE NATIVES GET RESTLESS

Year: 2007

Classification: M

Runtime: 28 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Adrian Wills, Albert Hartnett

Produced By: Melissa Johnston

Language: English

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On the Gordon Estate in Dubbo, the entire community has been given an eviction notice. Within three years, all of their homes will be demolished. This confronting documentary explores the experience of being black in a predominantly white town.

After a riot on New Year's Eve, 2006, the media dubbed the Gordon Estate the "Redfern of the Bush" and the housing department announced the plans for demolition.

The Gordon residents speak frankly about what they believe is a redneck racist town, where inequality and hopelessness are compounded by drugs, alcohol and dependence on welfare payments. The white community seems to have minimal comprehension of the problems they face. Is demolition and removal the only solution? As one resident says: "When will these whitefellas get it, we not like them, we will never be like them, we live differently ..."

"An amazing, jaw-dropping excursion into territory which may not be pretty, but is dreadfully real." - Urban Cinefile.
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