Persons Of Interest Film Library
PERSONS OF INTEREST FILM LIBRARY
On this page you'll find ASIO surveillance films, excerpts from Persons Of Interest and the occasional oddity. We have tried to leave the surveillance films as we found them. They are generally unedited and have no sound. We suggest you play you favourite mood music. Some of the films are up to thirty minutes long.
Over the coming weeks we are going to upload many of the 100 hours of surveillance films we have in our vault.
The films listed below are a unique social history of Australia accidentally collected by ASIO in it's war on dissent. But they're also a fascinating insight into social movements, changes in fashion and a reminder of how Australia used to look.
You'd be surprised at the number of people who see themselves or their parents and friends in these films. If you see someon you know, remember the time on the clip let us know and we'll add a note to the clip.
Here is a collection of some of the sorts of things ASIO tracked over the years in Sydney
A collection of ASIO films shot in Melbourne and a montage of May Day Marches from
1951 to 1972. Check how some things never change whilst the changing face of Australia
is so evident.
This one of the few surveillance films we found with sound. A narrator identifies the targets in the film.
This was then run on a regular basis to ASIO officers so that if they ever came across any of these
people in the course of their duties they would recognise them.
This house was regularly used by Draft Resisters and activist students for meetings. The files clearly indicate the
Attorney General was very keern to lay chasrges against it's occupants.
Here memmbers of Actor's Equity ioncluding some of the most well know actors in the country campaign for
more Australian content on TV and ion films. The Director General of ASIO noted in a memo to the Prime Minister
that this was a 'standard' communist view.
Here KGB Officer Ivan Skripov is shown in Manly in 1962 with ASIO double agent 'Sylvia'. Skripov is one of the few spies
uncovered by ASIO. He was declared 'persona non grata' and explelled.
Several of Sydney most well known political figures appear in this film including, Denios Freney editor of Tribune, Bob Gould
bookshop owner and Jenny George later MHR.
A short sharp look at the series.
We worked hard to achieve a subtle and powerful soundtrack which would compliment the drama without
ever wishing to make the surveillance films sound realistic, thus reducing their power.
Here is a more detail taste of the whole series.
Here's how vetting really works and why it can be life threatening in the wrong situation.
Brian Laver was one of the leading oratords of his day. Hate by Communists, the Labor Party and the DLP he was closely
followed by ASIO. But they weren't the only ones.
ASIO targetted all members of the council including Michael Kirby, given what happened to most members should we be worried.
Here from the mouth of an ASIO agent is the starnge story of the organisation's attempts to find out what really happened to Prime Minister Harold Holt.
Persons Of Interest premier season commences on SBS-TV
PERSONS OF INTEREST, our Walkley Award nominated, ASIO TV series commences it's premier season on SBS-TV next Tuesday January 7th at 8.30 p.m. Each week we give someone their previously secret intelligence file and ask them to answer the allegations it contains. These are the files that blighted lives, destroyed careers and broke up families. In the hunt for communists and subversives the end justified the means. ASIO fed politicians the fear they could on sell to the electorate. This created a cosy relationship between Government and it's spies to the mutual benefit of both.
Persons Of Interest details four files, one each week. Roger Milliss journalist, Michael Hyde student revolutionary, Gary Foley aboriginal activist and Frank Hardy, communist author. The files of these four men are revealed against the backdrop of some of the great events of the twentieth century. These are personal stories in a political landscape. Funny, tragic, even absurd - these stories are the secret history of Australia and the power of the intelligence agencies.
With the current scandal involving the NSA, Edward Snowden and Australian intelligence agencies spying on friends for the benefit of oil companies; PERSONS OF INTEREST is the history we can learn from. With intelligence agencies seemingly running their own agenda, politicians too frightened to say no and little effective oversight, intelligence agencies have more power than ever. PERSONS OF INTEREST is a timely addition to an important debate.
PERSONS OF INTEREST TRAILER
With less than a week to the World Premiere of our ASIO series Persons Of Interest at the Melbourne Internaitonal Film Festival, we though you might be interested in some previously unseen ASIO film. Here is ASIO's surveillance of youthful threat to the State in the form of the Socialist Youth Alliance. ASIO's ongoing surveillance of groups like this which had no demonstrable capacity to carry out their ideological platform provided valuable fodder for conservative Governments capitalising on electoral fear.
Soclialist Youth Alliance Carlton, Victoria April 1971
Christine Amphlett 1959 - 2013
On a cold night in 1981 at the Bayswater Hotel in Sydney’s King Cross. we shot a music scene for our film GOING DOWN. Henk Johannes was acting in the film, playing the part of a musician. He was in a band at the time and suggested we should use his band. They were unsigned but had a few good songs. The band was THE DIVINYLS. That night a young Chrissie Amphlett blew us all away with a voice and performance not easily forgotten. At this stage, Chrissie hadn’t yet developed her schoolgirl persona , but she had a mix of power and vulnerability that was entrancing. We shot “Boys In Town” and “Science Fiction” both of which became top ten hits when the band eventually signed with a record company.
The sequence was a winner and our film was nearly finished when Pat Lovell the producer of Monkey Grip rang to inform us that she would sue us if we included the footage in our film as she was using them in her film and had a contract! Being young and naïve and instead of telling her tostuff off we cut the scene and at our own cost reshot the whole thing with another band.
These images were captured by photographer Robert McFarlane are a lovely insight into who Christine Amphlett was. Her recent death is a sad moment for Australian music. She’ll be sorely missed.
Look at Life No.1: "ETERNITY"
An occasional film diary looking at life around us. This one is a look at the last exhibition at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern, Sydney before relocating. The theme was Eternity - the word made close to Sydney's heart by the late Arthur Stace as he wrote it millions of times on city's footpaths at night. Contributing artists include Martin Sharp, William Yang, Garry Shead, Peter Kingston, Jon Lewis.
Persons Of Interest - Opening Titles
Our four part series about people and their ASIO intelligence files is almost complete. To give you a taste - here's the opening titles. Each week this sequence will end with a different person of interest. That person will be the subject of the episode. The titles have been designed and created by Adam Thomas of Kingdom of Ludd and Music is by Charlie Chan.
OPENING TITLES - PERSONS OF INTEREST
Smart St inks sales pact with NITV
Smart St. has just reached agreement for the new National Indigenous TV network (NITV) to acquire a package of our films. The network which began broadcasting in December has purchased BACKROADS, NINGLA-A‘NA, TWO LAWS and PROTECTED.
These works are rare and important historical films about the struggle for justice and land rights by indigenous Australians. The network is rushing them to air in January. “Protected” will air on January 9th whilst “Backroads” and “Ningla-A’Na” will form a high profile double bill at prime time on Australia/Invasion Day January 26th.
Backroads, directed by Philip Noyce and starring Gary Foley and Bill Hunter is a classic road movie, Ningla - A’Na is Allessandro Cavadini’s unique record of the establishment of the Aboriginal tent embassy in 1972, Two Laws is an investigation of the relationship between the laws of white Australia and those of the people of the Borolloola community in the Northern Territory and Protected looks at the history of Palm Island, a concentration camp created to house disparate indigenous groups from around Queensland.
These films are available on DVD from smartstreetfilms.com.au
A taste of NINGLA _ A'NA
Gail Mabo and Paul Keating's Redfern speech
In December 1992 Prime Minister Paul Keating addressed a large crowd in Sydney's Redfern. For the first time an Australian Prime Minister admitted the carnage and destruction that white invasion had wrought on the Aboriginal population of the country. It was an extraordinary speech.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of the speech Gail Mabo, daughter of Eddie Mabo who prosecuted the High Court case which led to the concept of Native Title being accepted in law, made some comments on the speech and the developments in the years since it's delivery. We had a camera there to capture the moment for posterity
Gail Mabo was speaking at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern Sydney on Saturday December 8th 2012
Gail Mabo and Paul Keating's Redfern speech
Our first streaming film avalaible to watch on your computer now
We're pleased to announce that Alessandro Cavadini's historic documentary Ningla-A'Na is now available to watch via streaming on your computer. For $5.00 you can watch the whole film without the cost or delay of a DVD. This unique history of the 1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy grows more valuable each year. This year is the fortieth anniversary of what many regard as the most significant political protest in the struggle for justice and landrights for Aborigines. Ningla-A'Na captures the drama from the inside. A film you'll never forget.
To watch the film click through to it's catalogue page, click the "Rent Movie" link and enter standard info. Payment can be by paypal, credit card or debit card. It's quick and you can be watching the film within a couple of minutes.
John Coooper Clarke in "Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt"
NEW DVD RELEASE
Smart St. is pleased to announce the re-release of poet John Cooper Clarke's wonderful performance film - Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt. For anyone who thinks poetry is boring this is the perfect antidote as John powers his way through his catalogue of punchy social commentary, humour and machine gun paced poems. The film provides a fascinating look into his philosophy and background and an insight into the punk rock scene where John has provided back up to bands such as the stranglers, The Clash and Joy Division.
A great poet and raconteur, John Cooper Clarke's poems are a precursor to Hip Hop and a real connection to young people and the world in which they live. We first saw the film at the London film festival where we picked it up and are now making it available on DVD for the first time. For more information check our catalogue page