Waterside Workers Federation Film Unit

Film unit formed by the Waterside Workers Federation to document the lives of workers and their families and issues of workers' rights that could be used as political and educational tools.

Milestone
Formed
1953
Closed
1958
Position
1953
1953 - 1958
1953 - 1958
1953 - 1958
Type

The Wharfies' Film Unit

CC BY-SA 2.0
,
2014

In the 1950s, workers rights extended beyond wages and conditions to include cultural events and creative activities. The Waterside Workers' Federation Film Unit set about documenting the lives of workers and their families, their communities and organisations. From 1953–58, they made 19 films tackling subjects that the government film unit and newsreel producers would never touch: housing shortages, price control, the cost of living for ordinary Australians and reasons behind industrial disputes.