Screening: Always Was, Always Will Be


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Sunday 2 June | Various experience times

4.40pm | First VR Experience commences
5.30pm | Documentary commences
6.15pm | Second VR Experience commences


Documentary only 
Standard | $10 
Concession | $8 
Junior | Free  

Documentary + VR Experience
Standard | $15 
Concession | $12 
Junior | Free


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As Reconciliation Week comes to a close, join us for a screening of the 1989 documentary Always Was, Always Will Be. 

In 1989 a dispute over the redevelopment of the Old Swan Brewery site, Gooninup, the Sacred Grounds of the Waugul in Boorloo, (Perth) rocked the politics of Western Australia. 

It teaches an important lesson for those concerned with Aboriginal rights and culture, the environment, and more.

Originally made as a campaign film, Always Was Always Will Be  is a visually rich account of this historically important struggle over a sacred site and gives an insight into the living culture and beliefs of Nyoongar peoples in Western Australia. 

Always Was Always Will Be  is a testimonial record of the ten-month-long camp at the Old Swan Brewery in peaceful protest and to protect the Ancestral First Grandmothers' and Grandfathers' beliefs. 

BYO snacks are permitted for the documentary screening.  

Director: Robert Bropho & Martha Ansara
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Country of Origin: Australia
Duration: 32 mins
Year of Release: 1989

Collisions VR 

While you are experiencing this incredible film, make the most of your time at Boola Bardip with the option to experience Collisions VR before or after the documentary.

A man reclines on the ground, wearing a dark hat in the outback

Collisions is a multi-award winning and thought-provoking VR experience that takes a virtual journey with Nyarri Nyarri Morgan to his Country in Central Western Australia where he shares his dramatic collision between his traditional worldview and the extremes of western science and technology. 

Nyarri Morgan's first contact with Western culture came when he witnessed the Maralinga atomic test in the South Australian desert. Half a century later, new technology allows him the chance to show how the world was ruptured that day.

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Image Caption: Resistance placard, Goonininup (Old Swan Brewery) precinct development demonstrations. Image courtesy Western Australian Museum. Credit: Created by Clarrie Isaacs, Wadandi Nyoongar. Donated by Robert Isaacs, 2019.