Films By Tom Zubrycki

Illegal screenings of the unfinished Amongst Equals have taken place in a variety of forums across the country since January when controversy erupted in the media. But the issue remains unresolved and Amongst Equals will be shown in an innovative form for the first time at this festival. This new cut of the film incorporates aspects of its problematic production, underlining sequences where the sp... Read more
Easter, 1994 at an outer western Sydney housing estate. A fight breaks out between wo neighbouring families, one Lebanese, the other Anglo-Australian. Next day, 16-year-old Biillal Eter is crossing the road outside his home when a car driven by one of the neighbours. Linc Jeswick runs him down. Tom Zubrycki's (Bran Nue Dae) MIFF 1991, Homelands MIFF 1993) Billal follows the dramatic repercussions ... Read more
Tom Zubrycki's new film (following Friends and Enemies, Kemira etc.) follows performances of Broome's Aboriginal musical Bran Nue Dae, from rehearsal and development to the rapturous reviews and its enthusiastic reception throughout Australia. The play has yet to open in Melbourne, where it is scheduled for later this year, before touring the UK and Europe. This year Bran Nue Dae won Australia's m... Read more
In February 1985 Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen sacked 1002 electrical linesmen and rushed through Parliament some of the harshest anti-union legislation seen in Australia for over 50 years. Friends And Enemies is an impressionistic account of the nine-month struggle, observing some of the major protagonists on both sides. On the surface, the film focuses on strategy and tactics but the un... Read more
Sydney documentanst and MFF regular, Tom Zubrycki (Bran Nue Dae, Friends and Enemies) continues on his unpredictable way with this intriguing, dramatic documentary portrait of an emigre family, shot in Melbourne and El Salvador over a 12 month period. ... Maria and Carlos Robles were political refugees from El Salvador who escaped to Australia when conditions in their homeland became intolerable a... Read more
Australia's foremost documentary portraitist, Tom Zubrycki, follows refugee Zacharia Machiek from Sydney to Sudan as he dedicates his life to building a school in the village he left behind. ... Zacharia Machiek was one of Sudan's 'lost boys', the generation of child soldiers forced to fight in one of the 20th century's most savage civil wars. Finally making it to Australia in 2003, Machiek is ins... Read more
This new film from Tom Zubrycki (Kemira - Diary of a Strike, Friends and Enemies) was made for ABC and Channel Four television. Set in Broome the film is a study in the late '80s ambivalence over questions of development. The Lord of the Bush is Lord McAlpine, Treasurer of the British Conservative Party and prime mover in the rapidly escalating tourism development on Australia's North West coast. ... Read more
Tom Zubrycki's documentary The Diplomat (MIFF 2000) focused on the struggle for independence in East Timor and its impact both politically and personally. In Molly and Mobarak, Zubrycki turns his knowing eye on a group of asylum seekers in a small, rural NSW town, focusing on various relationships between the townsfolk and refugees, and the surprising repercussions.The observational narrative is f... Read more
The Diplomat follows East Timor's freedom fighter and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta in the final tumultuous year of a passionate campaign to secure independence for the country. Allowed extraordinary access to Horta's public and private life, award-winning filmmaker Tom Zubrycki (Billal [MIFF 1996]) has crafted a thought provoking account of an extraordinary man. Exiled shortly after E... Read more
“This is a marvellous film, strong in narrative, imagery, argument and character.” - Inside Story ... Seasoned filmmaker Tom Zubrycki (Molly & Mobarak, MIFF 2003; The Diplomat, MIFF 2000) shows the very human face of climate change with this urgent documentary. ... In his latest work, Zubrycki grapples with the human toll of climate change: specifically, the hungry tide slowly drowning the Pacific... Read more
When Hanoi was under threat of massive US bombing in 1965, students and teachers from the Conservatorium of Music fled to the countryside. There they re-established their school by building an entire campus underground, including a 500-seat auditorium and 40 special caverns for the pianos. Award-winning filmmaker Tom Zubrycki's ([Molly and Mobarak], MIFF 03) most recent documentary tells this extr... Read more
This film is about the history and politics of urban renewal in Australia Specifically, it is about the people of the inner-Sydney suburb of Waterloo and their nine-year battle to prevent theirsuburb being demolished for redevelopment by state housing authorities The Waterloo story is told in the context of a 50-year struggle by workers demanding rights to low-cost housing, a struggle which began ... Read more
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