The Dark Emu Story


Allan Clarke and Jacob Hickey


Allan Clarke




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A thought provoking, revelatory and inspiring documentary telling the story of Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu – the publishing phenomenon that challenged Australia to rethink its history and ignited a raging debate.

The 2014 best-selling book makes the explosive claims that First Nations people were not only hunters and gatherers but also farmers who were part of a complex economic system. But Dark Emu has ignited a fierce debate, sparking searing criticism. Academics, and conservative commentators have lined up to pour scorn upon Pascoe’s work and question the knowledge of the First Australians.

The Dark Emu Story is a feature length documentary that delves into the controversy, provides a platform for First Nations people to share their remarkable stories and enlightens our understanding of Australian history.