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Film Work

Australia, 1981 (MIFF 1981)

Director: John Hughes

During the Cold War militant unions in Australia supported a film unit which produced over a dozen documentary films. Film Work approaches the films of the Australian Waterside Workers' Federation Film Unit (1953-58) with the empathy of one generation of independent filmmakers in dialogue with the committed work of the recent past.

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