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About 50 years ago, the first European explorers penetrated the densely populated valleys of Papua New Guinea's central highlands. Unaware of the outside world, the highlanders as first thought the strangers were supernatural beings. They were, in fact, the advance guard of an Australian colonial invasions. For the next 40 years, they sought to impose upon the highlanders ideas about how human beings should organise themselves. By the mid 1970s the Australians had left and the highlands formed part of the independent nation of Papua New Guinea. JOE LEAHY'S NEIGHBOURS is the sequel to FIRST CONTACT, in which Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson documented the initial encounters between highlanders and white men. The central figure of FIRST CONTACT was the Australian gold prospector turned explorer, Michael Leahy, and this film revolves around Leahy's mixed-race son, Joe.

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Cast

Joe Leahy

Production Details

Production Completion Date
1988

Sales

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Arundel Productions Pty Ltd

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Pan-African Film Festival
    (2001)
  • Fribourg Film Festival
    (1994)
  • Singapore International Film Festival
    (1993)
  • Film Forum Ethologie & Driette Welt
    (1993)
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Australian - Pompidou Event
    (1993)
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Australian - Pompidou Event
    (1992)
  • Film Critics' Circle of Australia
    (1990)
  • Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films
    (1990)
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
    (1989)
  • Parnu Documentary and Visual Anthropology Film Festival
    (1989)
  • New Directors New Films
    (1989)
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
    (1989)
  • Hilversum Documentary Film Fest
    (1989)
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
    (1989)
  • Filmfest DC
    (1989)
  • Festival Dei Popoli
    (1989)
  • D'Aurillac Int Fest Of Rural Films
    (1989)
  • Australian Film Institute
    (1989)
  • Anthropos
    (1988)