History Bites Back


Australia has more than 100,000 years of black history yet when the non-Aboriginal Australians began to build their country on top of Aboriginal peoples' lands, they believed that the Aboriginal population would die out.

Luckily they were wrong, but ever since then non-Aboriginal people haven't really known what to do with Aboriginal people, and the latter haven't been able to get rid of the former.

And now there's other people from all over the world sharing this place called Australia. Schools still focus on the last 250 odd years of colonisation and most of that through a colonial lens.

With unlimited information and the Internet, Aboriginal people still put up with a boatload of ignorance and misconceptions from other Australians.

Supported by graphic effects, animation, archival materials and re-enactments, and infused with comedy, satire and good old-fashioned irony to bring home more of the story behind Australia's black history, History Bites Back uses humour and innovative film techniques to unpack the negative social bias of 250 odd years of shared history between its First Peoples and modern-day Australians.


It's been described as the antidote to the ‘typical’ documentary. It’s comical, self-aware, and not afraid to launch a rocket into taboo issues.



Steven Oliver
Elaine Crombie
Release dates
11 July 2021 - Australian premiere on NITV
Video/DVD release date
12 July 2021
MA 15+ - Mature accompanied
Brindle Films

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[1] 'Trisha Morton-Thomas is back with biting satire on Australia's history' NITV 3/7/2021

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Korff, J 2021, History Bites Back, <>, retrieved 15 April 2024

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