By Lisa Milner
The Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit operated in Sydney from 1953 to 1958, making films that gave voice to the workers’ point of view during this period of intense conservatism and anti-communist feeling.
The first film production unit within a trade union anywhere in the
world, they offered an alternative to the mainstream media of the
day. They made fourteen films on subjects that other production
units would never tackle — such as the working conditions and health of
wharfies, builders' labourers and miners, industrial disputes, and
other matters concerning workers' rights, such as the post-war housing
Author Lisa Milner is a writer and academic specialising in Australian film history and cultural studies. She has written extensively on Left-wing documentaries and film-makers, and is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Australian Film.
ISBN 1 86403 280 4
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