Category Archives: 2021 Shortlist

The Great Strike 1917

Genres: Documentary
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes
Availability: Worldwide

To this day, the Great Strike of 1917 is still Australia’s largest industrial upheaval. The story of the Strike has long been dormant in archives, and is now re-told with original film footage from the era.

Sydney, 1917: thousands had joined protest marches through the streets, the government recruited volunteers to break the strike, issuing some of them with guns; unions were deregistered and union leaders charged with conspiracy. It was a time of violent emotions, state violence and individual acts of violence by and against strikers. A striker, Mervyn Flanagan, was shot and killed.

With the introduction of a new ‘timecard’ system, known as Scientific Management or Taylorism, originating from the United States, transport workers stopped work, triggering the strike.

The documentary examines the industrial, social and political context of a struggle that had lasting consequences for the labour movement in Australia. Personal stories and legacies filtered through generations of families for years to come, reflecting on the fight for decent conditions and fair treatment in the workplace, which still strongly resonate today.

Professor Lucy Taksa, Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University
Sally McManus, Secretary, ACTU
Frances Morgan, Writer, The Folded Lie
John Graham, Labor MLC, NSW Parliament
Laila Ellmoos, Historian, City of Sydney Council
Simon Drake, National Film & Sound Archive

OFFICIAL SELECTION! Antenna Documentary Film Festival
FINALIST! ATOM AWARDS, Documentary (History)

Writer, Director, Editor Amanda King
Producers Amanda King, Fabio Cavadini
Director of Photography Fabio Cavadini
Graphic Designer Miriana Marusic
Sound Designer Anthony Marsh
Production Company Frontyard Films
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Night on Earth

R 1991 ‧ Drama/Comedy ‧ 2h 9m
Dir: Jim Jarmusch
Cab drivers, in the US and elsewhere.

Release date: May 2, 1992 (New York)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Music composed by: Tom Waits
Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch
Cinematography: Frederick Elmes



Germana Bianco


Working Woman

Release date: March 27, 2019 (USA)
Director: Michal Aviad
Language: Hebrew
Awards: Ophir Award for Best Actress
Nominations: Ophir Award for Best Film, MORE

Orna, (Liron Ben Shlush) is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family Orna returns to the workplace, landing a job with a former army superior, Benny (Menashe Noy) who is now a successful real estate developer. While Orna embraces her new position and tries to balance its demands with her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss. Her rapid rise through the ranks and her increasing financial success seem to parallel a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink. This timely and devastating story is expertly told by long time feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad.


9to5, The Story of a Movement

2019 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 29m
9to5: The Story of a Movement is an 2020 American documentary film directed and produced by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar. The film revolves around 9to5, an organization established to improve working conditions and ensuring the rights of women and families.
Release date: May 31, 2019 (USA)
Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Distributed by: PBS Distribution
Music composed by: Wendy Blackstone
Producers: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert


The Revolutionist: Eugene V. Debs

2019 56:49:00
Eugene Victor Debs was an American socialist, political activist, trade unionist, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States. A documentary about Eugene V. Debs made by Indianapolis public TV station WFYI and narrated by Danny Glover.
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Glory Days: Boston Colonial Packinghouse Workers Recall the Strike of 1954 – 55

A tribute to Boston’s Colonial Packinghouse Workers of Local 11, who, in 1954, survived the city’s longest strike and made interracial cooperation a hallmark of their struggle. Released in 1988; remastered in 2019.

Glory Days is a documentary about Packinghouse Workers Local 11’s strike in Boston in 1954-55.  This strike, the longest in Massachusetts history, was one in which black and white workers and leaders participated, and in which a local came back after being decertified.

The video was recently remastered. It was originally made by a local film maker and the Massachusetts History Workshop in 1988 and included interviews with original leaders and strikers. There are also scenes from a reunion organized 2 years after the plant was closed when the company was bought in 1986.

29 minutes; entire video available above



2018 ‧ Drama/Crime ‧ 2h 1m
Initial release: June 8, 2018 (Japan)
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Japanese: 万引き家族
Awards: Palme d’Or, Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, MORE
Nominations: Cannes Jury Prize, Cannes Best Director Award,

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders is united by fierce loyalty and a penchant for petty theft. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence.



2020 ‧ 1h 32m
Filmmaker Jeff Kaufman presents an immersive portrait of human rights activist and political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh and the remarkably resilient Iranian women’s rights movement.
Initial release: October 1, 2020
Director: Jeff Kaufman
Narrated by: Olivia Colman
Cast: Olivia Colman
Producers: Jeff Kaufman, Marcia Ross
Music composed by: Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty

NOTE: “She is, among other things, a lawyer-activist for labor in Iran. Iran has now imprisoned her again. The film is powerfully moving.”

Film website


Working Man

Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 49 minutes.
Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, iTunes and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators.

Director: Robert Jury
Writer: Robert Jury
Stars: Peter Gerety, Billy Brown, Talia Shire, Michael Brunlieb, Bea Cordelia
Running Time: 1h 49m
Genre: Drama

NYT ‘Working Man’ Review: Evolving on the Assembly Line