• Menzies Seminar - Europe/Australia - Politics & History

    Menzies Seminar – Europe/Australia – Politics & History

    12th April 2017
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at Kings College invites you to their next seminar/screening…


    Steven Ball, University of Arts London: The Antipodes of Propaganda

    Jeff Kildea, University of NSW: Ireland Will be Free:
    Fanning the flames of sectarianism in Australia 1920-1921

    Location: Council Room (K2.29)
    King’s College London, Strand







    The Antipodes of Propaganda

    This paper considers the more or less contemporaneous documentary films Waters of Time (1951) directed by Basil Wright to represent the Port of London Authority at the Festival of Britain, and The Hungry Mile (1955) made by the Australian Waterside Workers Federation Film Unit in Sydney. Each film represents docks and workers’ activity, one as a poetic essay in the service of capital and empire, the other as trade union propaganda.

    Steven Ball has lived and worked in both Australia and the UK. His art practice encompasses moving image, sound and spoken word, in exhibition, online and in performance. He is Research Fellow at University of the Arts London, where he was instrumental in developing the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection at Central Saint Martins. His current practice and research encompasses spatial representation in local and global, social, political and post-colonial contexts. He co-curated Figuring Landscapes, Australian and UK artists’ landscape moving image, UK and Australia 2009-2010, and co-edited Expanded Cinema: Art Performance Film, Tate Publishing, 2011.


    Ireland will be Free: Fanning the flames of sectarianism in Australia 1920-21

    Ireland will be Free is a multi-part feature-length film supporting Irish self-determination that screened in Australia in 1920-21. It comprises footage of the 1920 St Patrick’s Day parade in Melbourne led by Archbishop Daniel Mannix escorted by 14 Victoria Cross recipients on horseback as well as images of the “Martyrs of Easter Week” and of other Irish heroes past and present. Shown during the height of the Irish War of Independence, it gained sell-out audiences among Australia’s Irish-Catholic community while scandalising Empire loyalists who condemned it as disloyal Sinn Féin propaganda.

    Dr Jeff Kildea is an adjunct professor in Irish Studies at UNSW. In 2014 he held the Keith Cameron Chair of Australian History at University College Dublin. He is the author of Tearing the Fabric: Sectarianism in Australia 1910-1925 (2002); Anzacs and Ireland (2007); and Wartime Australians: Billy Hughes (2008), as well as numerous articles and papers on the Irish in Australia. He is the director of the Irish Anzacs Project at UNSW and is currently researching a biography of Hugh Mahon, the Irish-Australian politician expelled from the Australian Parliament in 1920 for his criticism of British rule in Ireland.


    As part of the Menzies Centre’s programme of public activities, the annual seminar series helps to produce a comprehensive and balanced perception of Australia’s past, present and future across a variety of topics.

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