First Footprints shortlisted for the 2013 Walkley Documentary Award

Established in 1956, the Walkleys are the most prestigious awards for Australian journalism. In its third year, the Walkley Documentary Award “recognises excellence in documentary production that is grounded in the principles of journalism – accuracy, impact, public benefit, ethics, creativity, research and reporting – together with rigorous filmmaking.” The Australian Archaeological Association is thrilled to see a documentary showcasing the richness of Australian archaeology, First Footprints, recognised at this prestigious level.

First Footprints presents the history of Aboriginal Australia from 50,000 years ago until the present, showcasing the diversity and complexity of how the first Australians adapted, migrated, fought and created in dramatically changing environments. Featuring interviews with leading Australian archaeologists, many of whom members of this Association, Martin Butler and Bentley Dean’s documentary has had a profound educational benefit for the wider Australian public. By effectively bringing Australian archaeology into the living rooms of thousands of Australians, this four part series has generated a stronger understanding of the history of this continent and highlighted the astounding diversity of Aboriginal cultures that have thrived and developed here.

The announcement of winners will take place at the Walkley Gala Dinner on Thursday November 28, 2013. In the meantime we wish to congratulate the creators and all those involved in this documentary series.

AAA Media Liaisons