SBS unveils programming lineup for NAIDOC Week 2019

After being announced as NAIDOC’s the official media partner, SBS has revealed the special slate of programming it will be rolling out for NAIDOC Week 2019.

The announcement:

SBS will mark NAIDOC Week 2019 (7-14 July) with a dedicated schedule of programming that celebrates the success and shares the unique stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from 5 July.

As the National NAIDOC Principal Media Partner and official Education Partner 2019-2021, this year’s multiplatform offering includes the exclusive broadcast of the 2019 National NAIDOC Awards on NITV, SBS On Demand and NITV Facebook Live, the premiere of new short-form drama Robbie Hood on SBS On Demand and a range of documentaries, movies and news and current affairs programs across the network, as well as education resources available to schools nationally to help students learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history in the lead up to NAIDOC Week.

SBS Director, Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald, said: “As Australia’s multicultural and Indigenous broadcaster and the home of NITV, SBS is uniquely placed to share stories of First Nations cultures, communities and conversations with all Australians.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling is a core part of SBS’s offering all year round, and NAIDOC Week is the perfect time for the network to present a broad slate of programs that encourage a deeper understanding of Australia’s shared history and shared future, and to celebrate together the achievements of our First Nations peoples.”

NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman, added: “NITV plays an invaluable role in providing a trusted platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and experiences.

“NITV’s NAIDOC offering will recognise the contributions made by Indigenous Australians, with the exclusive broadcast of the 2019 National NAIDOC Awards. We’ll also bring audiences comprehensive news and current affairs delivered each day from the 2019 NAIDOC host city, Canberra, which will provide further context and discussion around this year’s theme – Voice, Treaty, Truth – through a multitude of perspectives.”

The heart of the NAIDOC Week programming schedule is the 2019 National NAIDOC Awards. The live broadcast will be hosted by Elaine Crombie, Megan Wilding, Rachael Hocking and Aaron Fa’Aoso on NITV, SBS On Demand and NITV Facebook Live (Saturday 6 July, 6.30pm). The awards recognise individuals who have contributed their talents, expertise, knowledge and lives to Australia’s First Peoples.

SBS and NITV will simulcast Gurrumul (Sunday 7 July, 8.30pm), a special documentary about one of Australia’s most acclaimed voices, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Blind from birth, Gurrumul found purpose and meaning through music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world embraced his music.

Further highlights on NITV include She Who Must Be Loved (Sunday 14 July, 8.30pm) a film about the life story of Alfreda Glynn, the inspiring founder of the first Aboriginal TV and radio network across Australia, classic film Storm Boy (Sunday 6 July, 6.30pm), music documentary, Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy (Thursday 11 July, 8.30pm) and the ground-breaking film Rabbit-Proof Fence (Wednesday 10 July, 9.30pm).

NITV’s flagship news and current affairs program, The Point will broadcast from Old Parliament House in Canberra (Wednesday 10 July, 8.30pm), featuring a group of young leaders from across the country and NITV News will broadcast daily from the capital, covering the week’s events and celebrating NAIDOC Award winners each day.

The Point’s Rachael Hocking will host a special episode of SBS’s Insight (Tuesday 9 July, 8.30pm), focused on the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trailblazers. Rachael will also host an Indigenous focused episode of SBS VICELAND’s The Feed (Thursday 11 July, 8.30pm), alongside presenter Laura Murphy-Oates. In addition, The Point’s John Paul Janke will host an episode of Small Business Secrets (Saturday 6 July, 6pm, NITV and Friday 12 July, 3.30pm, SBS).

SBS will broadcast episodes of documentaries First Contact (series two) (from Monday 8 July, 2pm), Who Do You Think You Are? (from Monday 8 July, 3pm), Going Places With Ernie Dingo (from Wednesday 10 July, 7.30pm) and Tudawali (Sunday 14 July, 1.45am), a film about Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star. Living Black host Karla Grant will speak with former Australian Rules footballers, Adam Goodes and Nicky Winmar as well as former sprinter, Cathy Freeman in special episodes of the Indigenous current affairs program (from Friday 12 July, 4pm). While SBS World News will cover events and stories happening across the nation in NAIDOC Week.

SBS’s new free-to-air movie channel, SBS World Movies will broadcast First Nations films Yolngu Boy (Wednesday 10 July, 11.35pm) and Charlie’s Country (Thursday 11 July, 1.40am).

SBS On Demand will premiere Robbie Hood, a mischievous short-form comedy series from director Dylan River. Set in Alice Springs, the series follows Robbie, a precocious little misfit with a heart of gold, who along with his two best friends, does the right thing, even when it’s a little bit wrong. Audiences will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of Australian movies with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander themes on the free streaming platform, including The Fringe Dwellers, Manganinnie, Tudawali and Mad Dog Morgan.

SBS VICELAND will air Island Queens (Monday 8 July, 11pm), the second documentary in VICE’s Australiana series, which explores the gay and transgender Indigenous community of the Tiwi Islands, the television premiere of Robbie Hood (Tuesday 9 July, 9.30pm) and mini-documentary series on the 2019 National NAIDOC Award winners (Sunday 7 July, 3pm).

On SBS Food, audiences will get a taste of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flavours and bush foods with shows like Kriol Kitchen and On Country Kitchen airing nightly at 5pm and 5.30pm throughout the week.

SBS Radio will celebrate and share stories with multicultural communities with digital and audio content focused on the 2019 NAIDOC theme, Voice. Treaty. Truth, across 68 languages all week. NITV Radio will have a range of special guests on the show, including Jackie Huggins and Rod Little from the National Congress and Dr Chelsea Bond and Angelina Hurley from the radio show, Wild Black Women.

As the National NAIDOC official Education Partner, SBS Learn has released new educational resources developed with Indigenous educators to support discussion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics in the classroom. The Australian Curriculum aligned study guides have been designed for Primary (F-6) and Secondary (7-10) students, with sections dedicated to several subjects including English, Geography and History.

Source: SBS media release


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