Satellite Dreaming Revisited: Website Launch

Date 28 February - 13 March - Satellite Dreaming Revisited: 'She Who Must Be Loved' film streaming available
Location Online


The Menzies Australia Institute present the launch of SATELLITE DREAMING REVISITED, a web resource that describes and analyses the last four decades of Australian Indigenous media – work which offers a unique and powerful case study of a community struggling to represent itself in electronic media.

The launch includes a discussion event, as well as an opportunity to view the documentary SHE WHO MUST BE LOVED (Erica Glynn, 2018), in which the life of Freda Glynn, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) and Imparja TV, is interwoven with the broader story of Indigenous media in Australia.

At the online launch event on Friday 11 March 9am (BST)/ 8pm (AEST), creator of the website Tony Dowmunt will briefly introduce SATELLITE DREAMING REVISITED website, followed by a conversation between Philip Batty and Frances Peters-Little who are interviewed and have written essays for the website. Chaired by Stephen Morgan from the Menzies Australia Institute, Philip and Frances will reflect on She who Must Be Loved followed by a broader conversation about Indigenous media. Register here

She Who Must Be Loved will be available for streaming from the 28 February to 13 March 2022 here.

About the Artists

Tony Dowmunt is an Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths – University of London. He was the UK Producer on Satellite Dreaming in the UK in 1990s, and has worked as the initiator and director of the Satellite Dreaming Revisited project since 2011.

Stephen Morgan is a film programmer and academic whose research focuses on the intersections of Empire and nation within Australian settler and Indigenous cinemas. He is the Screenings Coordinator for the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London, and Co-Programmer of the London Australian Film Society & Festival.

Philip Batty co-founded and jointly managed the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, CAAMA, from 1980-1991. CAAMA established the first Aboriginal radio and satellite television services in Australia. After completing a PhD based on his work at CAAMA, he was appointed Senior Curator, Melbourne Museum, Australia.

Frances Peters-Little is a Yuwaalaraay/Gamilaraay woman. She is a filmmaker, historian, author and musician. Her films include Vote Yes for Aborigines (2007) and Tent Embassy (1992). She lives in Lightning Ridge on her traditional country and writing a biography about her father – the singer Jimmy Little – and a self-fictionalised autobiography.

Project Credits

Interviews: Tony Dowmunt & Nicolas Lee (at CAAMA)

Interview Camera & Sound: Tony Dowmunt, John Inglis and Nicolas Lee in Alice Springs, Neil Turner in Broome, Ethan Hutchinson/Global Headquarters in Darwin, Viktor Baskin in Cairns, Enda Murray and Peter Robinson in Sydney.

Interview & Trailer Editing: Zoe Kinross

Website production was co-ordinated by Alex Wilson, web-build by Ben Edmonds (We Sort) & design by Sophie Gibson

Interviewees: Alastair Feehan, Cilla Atkins, Clive Scollay, Daniel Featherstone, David Batty, Dion Weston, Frances Peters-Little, Ivo Burum, Jennifer Deger, John Dallwitz, Kim Dalton, Michael Liddle, Neil Turner, Nicolas Lee, Owen Cole, Pantjiti Tjiyangu, Philip Batty, Rhoda Roberts, Rosie Kumalie Riley, Tanya Denning-Orman, & Warwick Thornton.

Authors of the Essays: Daniel Featherstone, Faye Ginsburg, Frances Peters-Little, Melinda Hinkson, Michael Meadows, Philip Batty

Thanks to: Erica Glynn and Tanith Glynn-Maloney for the use of the excerpt from She Who Must be Loved, to Elizabeth Wymarra/Metro Screen & NITV for the clips from Our Stories: Lester Bostock, to Neil Turner & FNMA for the Pantjiti Tjiyangu interview, and to Josef Jakamarra Egger and CAAMA for the extracts from Jupurrurla – Man of Media and other CAAMA Productions.