Trailer for Newcastle's Cold War Secret - A Family Vignette

Trailer for Newcastle's Cold War Secret - A Family Vignette
Newcastle in the Sixties photograph by Bernadette Smith

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Newcastle's Cold War Secret"
recollects a
childhood memory set against the Cold War backdrop of Bob Santamaria's shadowy Industrial Groups. In many workplaces across Australia throughout the fifties there was a purging of Communist influence in the unions fanned by intolerance and fanaticism. The airbrushed human toll is finally brought to light in a cathartic act of empathy and self realisation as two 50 year old women brought up on opposite sides of the the Cold War discover a sense of shared humanity during the 2010 Australian Federal election.

Duration: 6 minutes 38 seconds

See trailer here

The distributor can be contacted:

Bernadette Smith

Unit 10, 20-28 Maddox Street,

Alexandria 2015,

Sydney Australia.

mobile 0404265024


Bernadette Smith has an M.F.A. in Film from San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is included in the ARCO Experimental Cinema Library, Madrid, Spain and the Australian National Film Archive. She has previously worked on independent documentaries and personal films and is currently working on a series of short social critique web documentaries which explore the impacts of mining and unemployment. She has also served as Vice President of Octapod, a not for profit independent arts and new media organisation based in Newcastle, Australia. She is a founding member of Octapod's filmmakers collective and was part of the media team for This Is Not Art Festival. Bernadette Smith is now based in Sydney, Australia.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Production Credits
Director, producer, script, camera, editing, narration - Bernadette Smith

Music by Kevin Mcleod

Appearing in film:

Brenda Kellaway

Grant Osland

Rob Gowland

Mark Elliot-Ranken

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Newcastle's Cold War Secret" stills from the movie

Newcastle, Australia 2010

Growing up Catholic in the 60's

Preparing for May Day March in Newcastle