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The Coolbaroo Club

The Coolbaroo Club
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Tyra

The matter of fact tone used throughout the documentary ‘The Coolbaroo Club” sheds light on a narrative that is commonly untold. Such narrative is told by Indigenous People who lived in Perth from the 1946 – 1960, a time in the middle of radical discriminatory movements of a genocidal ...Read more

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Hridya

The film The Coolbaroo Club centres on an Aboriginal-run dance club of the same name, which acted as a safe-haven to many Aboriginal people in Perth between 1946 and 1960. The film successfully utilises a range of narrative techniques such as music and lighting to highlight the discrimination ...Read more

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Luke

The Coolbaroo Club illustrates how an Aboriginal-run dance club in Perth which practiced unofficial apartheid and submitting its Aboriginal population to unremitting police harassment, identity cards, bans, curfews, and even bureaucratic obstruction affected the club ...Read more

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Shreya

The Coolbaroo Club is a film/documentary that highlights the discrimination faced by the Noongar people between 1940s to1960s. Central themes of segregation and crude prohibition laws imposed on the Noongar people have been explored in a way that is easy to understand. Explaining the laws of ...Read more

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Maya

A film which centres on 'The Coolbaroo Club' as a sort of refuge in response to racism and difficulties faced by the Noongar people. The use of happy jazzy music and singing contrasts and highlights the grim reality for those affected by the racist divide. The film uses personal accounts ...Read more

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Sriya

The Coolbaroo Club examines relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in a post-war era, set in East Perth in the 40s. With its soft jazz and warm atmosphere, the club (named fittingly after the black-and-white magpie) serves as an escape from the intolerant society and its laws. ...Read more

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Laure

This documentary takes us back in the post-Second World War Perth, and how a passive resistance to the segregation was organized. It also crosses by the reasons why such strategies were developed, explaining the eugenics policies leaded at the time in Australia, and particularly in Perth, by ...Read more

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Elise

The greatest success of The Coolbaroo Club was the way in which they conveyed mood. Music was used as an indicator of both happiness and sadness. The singing at the beginning of the movie was beautiful and vibrant, upbeat with drums clanging and people chatting. We can hear the sadness as the ...Read more

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Eve

The Coolbaroo Club successfully portrays the segregated and racist society Nyungars of the south-west of Western Australia faced from the 1930’s-60’s. In spite of the bleak and heavy issues explored the film manages to maintain an uplifting tone for its duration. Throughout the film the use ...Read more

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Eva

The Coolbaroo Club I feel attempts to approach very serious issues of discrimination experienced by the Nyoongar people mainly around 1940s-1960s in a way that is perhaps easier to digest. The kind of documentary style video talks of the Coolbaroo Club as a centre of acceptance and a place ...Read more

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Nick

“The Coolbaroo Club” has a difficult time trying to distinguish itself from being a drama, and a documentary. There are many times throughout the film where there are interviews, but the next scene cuts to a reenactment randomly. The use of the narrator speaking in the first person does not ...Read more

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Shams

Review- 4 Stars
This documentary showed us a side of history that is nothing to be proud of, but presented it in a way that the audience is able to understand the full magnitude of the complex and harsh circumstances that Indigenous Australians faced. I enjoyed the documentary as it was ...Read more

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Adelaide

The Coolbaroo Club was an both educational and entertaining documentary. I really loved the multimodal use of story-telling using re-enactments, original footage and present-time interviews to welcome the viewer into the world of the Coolbaroo Club and its time. The documentary is a powerful ...Read more

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Saskia

‘The Coolbaroo Club’ is a documentary which centres around the dance club in East Perth created by Nyoongar people for the Nyoongar people in the 1940s. The name derived from the magpie and it was symbolic for the environment that was created to provide a place for socialising and ...Read more

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Amanda

The Coolbaroo Club offers insights into the severe oppression faced by the Noongar people in Perth while also showing their escape from the oppression. The singing throughout the film embodies the emotion and hardship the aboriginal people were facing during this time. The facial ...Read more

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Maisie

The Coolbaroo Club was appropriately named after the Magpie that wears feathers of black and white. The name reflects the inclusive attitude of the club that aimed to provide a sanctuary in Perth for the Noongars, as well as an inclusive meeting place for Whites and Noongars to socialise ...Read more

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Linda

This work is a delightful celebration of the significance of this dance club (named after the black and white magpie, Coolbaroo) and strength and tenacity of individuals who created and supported it. The director and writers of this short film/ documentary, use a pastiche of narration, ...Read more

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Regina

This film is about the Coolbaroo club where the Aboriginal people loved to have a good time and dance their way into the night.
The story is told of a period when racial segregation and social prejudice was intense. There were curfews imposed on them and there were places that they ...Read more

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Nathan

“The Coolbaroo Club” tells the story of the club of the same name established in 1946 in Perth. The goal of this club was twofold: to allow Nyoogars in Western Australia to dance and enjoy themselves within a relatively safe space, and to allow Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to ...Read more

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Lexi

I really enjoyed the use of music in the film. The sounds of a singing voice or various instruments made me feel as if I were in the Coolbaroo Club. As well, the music created an energetic ambiance that kept me interested in the stories surrounding the club. Further, with the use of music ...Read more

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Elia

Review – 3 stars
The narration of this documentary used simple, familiar language, which I thought made it easy to follow and accessible to a wide variety of audiences. The fact that it was narrated almost like a story, as a result of its descriptive nature, acts a reminder of the oral ...Read more

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Esther

The Coolbaroo Club is a documentary that shows the formation of the Coolbaroo Club post World War II and the struggles the club went through. The Coolbaroo Club was formed in 1947 as a place for Indigenous to get together and have fun as they were excluded from all other clubs in Perth. This ...Read more

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Jeremy

‘The Coolbaroo Club’ documentary produced twenty-three years ago is notable for the too often hidden talents of Nyungar people shown by the collection of excellent interviews included. They demonstrate a deep understanding of social and racial history in Perth in the 1940’s and 1950’s. A ...Read more

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Aerin

The Coolbaroo Club was the only Aboriginal dance club ran in Perth without harassment from the police. This film focuses on Aboriginal people who made frequent visits there or helped run the club. The directors use interviews with these Aboriginal people to create a story of Perth’s past, ...Read more

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Jonty

Set in the mid-20th Century, The Coolbaroo Club introduces the great struggles and triumphs of post-WWII Aboriginal life in Perth. Director Roger Scholes deserves praise for this unique and ground-breaking film as he had been unequivocal in his recreation of Coolbaroo scenes complimented by ...Read more

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Steph

Escaping oppression during the late 1940s proved to be challenging for Aboriginal people in Australia. The consequences of the Australian government policies in the late 1940s had subjected Aboriginal people to further degradation; Stolen Generation, ‘Prohibited Areas’ act, lack of basic ...Read more

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Brock

The Coolbaroo Club takes the audience back through the delicate social environment of post WWII Perth; highlighting the treatment of Indigenous people, their lifestyle and their efforts to gain a sense of independence and belonging in a world that rejects them. The film makes use of a series ...Read more

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