• (L - R) 'Big Mob Brekky', 'History Bites Back' and 'Goldstone'. (SBS)Source: SBS
SBS On Demand celebrates NAIDOC Week 2021 with a collection of series and films celebrating and reflecting on the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
SBS Guide

30 Jun 2021 - 5:12 PM  UPDATED 7 Jul 2021 - 2:18 PM

Big Mob Brekky

From Monday 5 July, Shahni Wellington and Ryan Liddle will be returning to helm Big Mob Brekky, Australia’s only all-Indigenous television breakfast program. Last year, the program broke new ground in Australian TV, and this year it will return to NITV and SBS at 7.30am each weekday of NAIDOC week. Audiences can look forward to big laughs, big news stories and big yarns. Viewers can catch up on SBS VICELAND at 12:00pm as well as on SBS On Demand.


History Bites Back

On Sunday 11 July at 8.30pm, History Bites Back premieres on NITV and SBS VICELANDDirected, written and presented by Trisha Morton-Thomas (Occupation NativeThe Song KeepersTotal Control) alongside Craig Anderson (Black ComedyOccupation NativeRed Christmas), and starring Steven Oliver (Black ComedyFaboriginalLooky Looky, Here Comes Cooky) and Elaine Crombie (Nowhere BoysTop End WeddingTop of the Lake).

The cast comes together to bite back at negative social media comments and steer the conversation towards the historical context of the fortunes and misfortunes of Indigenous Australians – from social security, citizenship and equal wages to nuclear bombs and civil actions.

History Bites Back will be streaming at SBS On Demand same time as broadcast.


NAIDOC Awards-related programming 

With the escalating COVID-19 outbreaks, the planned National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony has been postponed to later in the year. NITV will nonetheless mark the occasion with special NAIDOC Awards-related programming: Stand Up and Be Counted (7.30pm), A NAIDOC Concert Special, and Celebrating NAIDOC Awards (9.30pm). 

The celebrations kick off with the premiere of the third instalment of Bamay on NITV at 6.30pm. The slow TV experience will explore the Central Desert region from a bird’s eye view in a feast for the eyes, alongside informative factoids.

Stream previous instalments of Bamay at SBS On Demand.


First Australians

First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. The series explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world's greatest empire. Over seven episodes this documentary depicts the true stories of individuals - both black and white - caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in the most transformative period of Australia's history. The story begins in 1788 in Sydney, with the friendship between an Englishman (Governor Phillip) and a warrior (Bennelong), and ends in 1993 with Koiki Mabo's legal challenge to the foundation of Australia. First Australians chronicles the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.

First Australians is now streaming at SBS On Demand (it is also available with Hindi, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean subtitles).


Going Places with Ernie Dingo

In this captivating series Ernie Dingo explores Australia’s most iconic destinations, and lesser-known corners, meeting traditional owners and others who live and work in these amazing places. Across four seasons, Ernie has visited everywhere from popular destinations such as Kakadu to Kangaroo Island to small communities such as Yirrkala. During his travels, he meets local Elders, artists, musicians and more. 

Going Places with Ernie Dingo season 4 is now streaming at SBS On Demand (it is also available with HindiArabicSimplified ChineseVietnamese and Korean subtitles).


Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky

Presenter, co-writer and slam poet Steven Oliver takes the audience on an incredible and scenic journey across Australia from the cliffs of Kurnell to the Torres Strait. As he travels the land interrogating Cook’s legacy, he poses the question - does Australia have a blurred history of Cook?

Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


The Uluru Statement from the Heart

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation for everyone to walk in step with First Australians to create a better future. SBS Radio - in consultation with the Uluru Dialogue, Indigenous Law Centre UNSW - is sharing the Uluru Statement from the Heart in various languages to continue the national dialogue. In May 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates came together at the First Nations National Constitutional Convention near Uluru and presented the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The Statement calls for a First Nations Voice to Parliament, enshrined in the constitution, and a process for agreement making (Treaty) and truth-telling. It was the culmination of 13 deliberative Regional Dialogues across Australia with First Nations communities. The Statement seeks to establish a relationship between Australia's First Nations peoples and the Australian nation based on truth, justice and self-determination. 

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is streaming at SBS On Demand in 35 languages including 21 Aboriginal languages.


The Beach

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s international success has come at a personal cost. He has reached a crossroad in his life and something has to change. He has chosen to try giving up life in the fast lane for a while, to go it alone, on an isolated beach in one of the most beautiful yet brutal environments in the world, to see if he can transform and heal his life. This six-part series joins Thornton in his tiny hut by the water in Jilirr, on the Dampier Peninsula in remote north-western WA. Will the isolation give him a chance to see a different future? 

The Beach is streaming at SBS On Demand.



Indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) arrives in the town of Goldstone to search for a missing person, and his simple duty becomes complicated when he uncovers a web of crime and corruption. Jay must pull his life together and bury his personal differences with young local cop Josh (Alex Russell), so together they can bring justice to Goldstone. Written and directed by Ivan Sen this contemporary thriller, has a unique style Ivan Sen has developed that has been labelled “Outback Noir”. A sequel to the hit film and series Mystery Road, but if you haven't seen it, no worries, it's also a standalone film.

Goldstone airs on SBS World Movies and NITV Friday 9 July at 9:30PM and will be available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast (but don't delay it's only available for 30 days).


Sweet Country

Warwick Thornton's moving period Western Sweet Country won the Special Jury Prize at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, plus 6 AACTA Awards including Best Picture. Inspired by true events, it is loosely based on stories told to co-screenwriter David Tranter by his grandfather, in particular the true story of an Aboriginal man, Wilaberta Jack who in the 1920s was arrested and tried for the murder of a white man in Central Australia. Sam (Hamilton Morris) is representing Wilaberta Jack, but when Sam kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, he and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. This film is sure to become not just a classic Australian film, but a classic in the world of cinema.

Sweet Country airs on NITV Sunday 4 July at 9:30PM and will be available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast.


Jasper Jones

Directed by Rachel Perkins and based on the best-selling novel, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller), a young bookish boy living in a small town. One night, local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones (Aaron L. McGrath) appears at Charlie’s window and leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. In an isolated town where secrecy, gossip and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means to be truly courageous. 

Jasper Jones airs on SBS World Movies Tuesday 6 July at 9:30PM and will be available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast.



Discover more about how SBS and NITV are celebrating NAIDOC 2021

NAIDOC Week is a national celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, history and culture. Although the Awards ceremony planned for July 3 has been postponed, NAIDOC Week is still being held from July 3-11. 

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