ORDINARY PEOPLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writer/director

Dr. Jennifer Rutherford

 

 

Producer

Martha Ansara

 

 

Film Australia Executive Producer

Stefan Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

A FILM AUSTRALIA NATIONAL INTEREST PROGRAM PRODUCED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF

THE AUSTRALIAN FILM COMMISSION, THE NEW SOUTH WALES FILM AND TELEVISION OFFICE AND THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION.

 

 

© Film Australia

                                                                                                                       

 


 

 

ORDINARY PEOPLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Far right and anti-immigration politics are on the rise worldwide. In Australia, as in many other western countries, a new political force is drawing on the discontent of those who feel excluded from the promised benefits of globalisation. Rejecting the new world order and its transformation of their economies and cultures, these people are convinced that traditional political parties no longer represent them or their interests. They are desperate to make their voice heard.

 

For Colene Hughes and her supporters, Pauline HansonŐs One Nation Party initially appears to offer a solution. It seems to promise true democracy, a way of knocking the country back into shape - giving people like them some power again. However, over time, their belief in the moral rightness of One Nation is confronted by the realities of the partyŐs internal politics. Once Colene starts to question the authoritarian control of the partyŐs executive members, the gloves come off. At the annual general meeting, the two forces collide.

 

This revealing documentary follows Colene through two years and two election campaigns as a One Nation candidate in Ipswich, Queensland, heartland of One Nation. It travels with her on the campaign trail as her idealistic fervour slowly turns to disillusionment. It also gives the viewer an unparalleled look at One Nation - from the inside. As the film takes us into homes, member gatherings, party rallies, branch meetings and social events, we meet the "ordinary people" who have flocked to Pauline HansonŐs call to save the nation and we hear, in their own words, their grievances and aspirations.

 


 

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PRODUCTION STORY

 

 

How the film came to be made...

 

People who have never made a film before donŐt know what they are getting themselves into. If they did, theyŐd probably never begin. Fortunately for Ordinary People, Sydney academic Dr. Jennifer Rutherford didnŐt give it a second thought. It seemed clear to her, as she was researching the grassroots of Pauline HansonŐs One Nation for her new book, that someone ought to be documenting what she saw.

 

So, in June and October 1998, Rutherford and her friends, using non-professional camera gear, filmed in the homes, meetings and events of One NationŐs heartland, Ipswich Queensland. They filmed people and places which were closed to the hostile professional media. As Rutherford told the One Nation people, she merely wanted to listen rather than rush to judgment, to let the members speak for themselves. She wanted to find out why this movement had erupted, so suddenly and unexpectedly in Australia, and what it shared with other such movements which were appearing in Europe and the United States. She shot reel after reel of video material, both of One Nation supporters and of the local Ipswich groups who were opposing them.

 

Later, back in Sydney with her mass of videotapes, Rutherford discovered just how difficult it could be to obtain documentary finance. Then she met filmmaker Kit Guyatt, himself an ex-Queenslander. Rutherford showed Guyatt the best of her material and together they made a showreel. It soon became clear that some of the One Nation members Rutherford had filmed were extraordinary characters in their own right. They decided to film more material of these people and, in early 1999, followed Colene Hughes to the One Nation Annual General meeting in Sydney, capturing her disagreements with the leadership of One Nation and her growing disenchantment with the movement.

 

With Guyatt doing the filming, it was clear that this project could now be a fascinating film. Using the new material, they found a producer in GuyattŐs long-time colleague - and experienced documentary filmmaker - Martha Ansara. Ansara, disturbed by the simplistic nature of the debate on One Nation, welcomed RutherfordŐs promise of a more thoughtful approach. And together the three set out to raise money to complete the film.

 

In making this sort of open-ended documentary, the filmed material inevitably takes on a life of its own. The team decided that Ordinary People would revolve around Colene Hughes and her journey through One Nation. At the end of 1999 they obtained support for the project from the Australian Film Commission. However, with the necessity of the filmmakers maintaining other jobs, progress was slow. Rutherford kept in touch with the One Nation people and organised several follow-up filming trips to Ipswich over the following year. Scott Balson, ex-One Nation webmaster, and a skilled photographer, provided stills for the informational montages which now punctuate the film.

 

By early 2001, Ordinary People had close to a final structure but the project still had a number of production steps to go. The team decided to approach Film Australia to see if the program could be completed under its National Interest Program. Stefan Moore, an executive producer at Film Australia, realised that while Ordinary People had been developed through a very unusual production path it offered a chronicle of grassroots politics and of people who rarely figure in Australian social documentary. Film Australia agreed to buy out the investment of the AFC, garner the support of the NSWFTO and take executive responsibility for taking the film through to completion.

 

At the end of June, experienced producer/editor Denise Haslem joined the team in a supervisory position and the filmmakers moved over to Film Australia's production offices. Within a few months Ordinary People was ready for broadcast on the ABC.

 

It has been a long journey, and while Dr. Jennifer Rutherford may some day make another film, for now, she is focussing her energies on completing the book on One Nation that she began researching in 1998.

ORDINARY PEOPLE

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

Dr. Jennifer Rutherford - Writer/director

Dr. Jennifer Rutherford holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of New South Wales and has published extensively on racism, nationalism and Australian culture. She was foundation convenor of the Australian Studies Program at the Australian National University from 1994 to 1998, a Research Fellow in the School of Cultural Studies and Critical Theory at Macquarie University from 1998 to 2001 and is currently Research Fellow at the University of SydneyŐs Department of English, Art History, Media and Film. Dr. Rutherford undertook graduate studies at the Ecole Des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris where she completed a D.E.A in the Sciences of Language and has studied and trained in psychoanalysis at LŐHopital de Ste Ann, Paris, and with the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne. Dr Rutherford is the author of The Gauche Intruder: Freud, Lacan and the Australian Good (Melbourne University Press) and is currently writing a book on the One Nation movement.

 

 

Martha Ansara - Producer

Martha Ansara, recipient of the 1987 Byron Kennedy Award at the Australian Film Awards, is an experienced documentary filmmaker whose films have won many international prizes and have been broadcast in Australia, the UK, Europe and North America. Martha has worked as a project officer at the Australian Film Commission, as an assessor for a range of government film bodies, and currently teaches documentary at the University of Technology, Sydney.

 

 

Kit Guyatt - Editor

Kit was born in Queensland and moved to Sydney as a young production assistant with Film Australia. His first film, Great Barrier Reef, won the documentary prize at the 1968 Chicago International Film Festival and launched his career as a director and editor. Leaving Film Australia in the 1970s, he worked freelance for such organisations as the BBC, ABC, Australian Religious Film Society, National Catholic Radio and Television Centre, and the Arts Council of Australia. As well as producing and directing his own films, Kit has worked with such directors as Phil Noyce, Tom Cowan, Gillian Armstrong and Richard Mason, editing shorts, documentaries and feature films.

 

After a move to the country, Kit ran a small farm while continuing production work on a selective basis. He now operates a fully equipped non-linear editing facility from his property south of Moss Vale.

 

 

 

Kit returned to media work in the 1990s, and now edits, directs and produces corporate films and documentaries. He recently edited I Cover the Waterfront (Dir Sylvie le Clezio) for SBS Independent. He has worked as associate producer and editor with Martha Ansara on such films as My Survival as an Aboriginal (documentary, 1978), The Pursuit of Happiness (feature, 1987) and My Life as I Live It (documentary, 1994). These films have been successfully sold to television in Australia and overseas.

 

 

Denise Haslem - Consultant Producer

Denise Haslem is a producer and editor with over 20 years' experience in the film and television industry. Her editing credits include many award-winning programs such as Custody, My Life Without Steve, Canto a la Vida, The Night Belongs to the Novelist, Six Pack, Admission Impossible, Australia Daze, For All The World To See, The Opposite Sex, Aeroplane Dance, Mystique of the Pearl, Hatred, Our Park and Tosca - a Tale of Love and Torture. 

 

She produced and edited the award-winning Mabo - Life of an Island Man and has also produced DOC - A Portrait of Herbert Vere Evatt, A Calcutta Christmas and co-produced Risky Business and Steel City.

 

In 1998-99 she was the President of Australian Screen Editors (ASE), the guild devoted to protecting, promoting and improving the role of the editor.


 


 

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CREDITS


 

Writer, Co-Producer, Director

JENNIFER RUTHERFORD

 

Producer

MARTHA ANSARA

 

Editor

KIT GUYATT

 

Composer

JAN PRESTON

 

Narrator

TARA MORICE

 

Consultant Producer

DENISE HASLEM

 

Associate Producer

SUSANNAH SCARPARO

 

Camera

KIT GUYATT

CATHERINE CLARK

JONATHAN RUTHERFORD

 

Researcher

JENNIFER RUTHERFORD

 

Narration Script Editor

ROSEMARY HESP

 

Script Consultant

PETER MANNING

BEN ULM

 

Additional Camera

BRIAN BARBER

KEVIN STILLER

 

Graphic Artist

CHRYSTINE WALTER

 

Additional Graphics

DANIEL STEPHENS

 

EditorŐs Assistant

JOLYON HOFF

ProducerŐs Assistant

GEORGINA GLOVER

 

Research Assistants

JOVAN MAUD

ALEX HACKETT

 

Additional Assistants

ANTOINETTE DYCE

JAMIE HILTON

GUY PERRINE

 

Location Music

RHYTHMAIRES

DAVID RANKINŐS PARADISE CITY JAZZ BAND

 

Sound Mix

MICHAEL GISSING

 

Sound Track

MARK KEATING

 

Picture Online

BEN BROAD

DAVID TINDALE

 

Colour Grade

CHRISTINE TRODD

 

FILM AUSTRALIA PRODUCTION UNIT

 

Business Affairs Manager

SALLY REGAN

 

Production Liaison

KAREN SKEA

Production Assistant

SALLY CREAGH

 

Production Accountants

MELANIE WEEKS

LISA CALDER

 

Executive ProducerŐs Assistants

KARINN CHEUNG

GENEVIEVE DERWENT

 

 

The producers wish to give

Special thanks to the participants

 

COLENE HUGHES

BOB WATSON

DOUG ABBOT

OSWALD BRUNNER

 

Don Aitken, Stephen Burke,

Ronald Davy, David Ettridge, Ron Frood,

Pauline Hanson, Heather Hill

Angelique Hughes, Christine Jackman,

Daryll Kelly, Valerie and Angus McGregor

Lisa Millar, Marie Patane, Anton and Kathryn Mycyk

Gailene Miller, David Oldfield, Jack Paff, Peter Prenzler,

Kaylene Quarmby, Athena Seiler, Jarrod Stewart,

Edward Titmarsh, Brian and Lee Tombs,

Darren, Viv and Brad Zanow,

Smiltana Zdrunkovic

 

And

Brian Barber, Brendan Bogle, Alan Doak,

Bob Dutton, Barbara Hazelton, John Phillips,

Adele Rule, Mark Strong, V.F. Trask

 

Special thanks to

 

Patsy Asch, Penny Biggins, Tom Burvill

Aree Cohen, Anne Coleman, Jan Courtney

Sharon Etter, Thalia Forsyth, Courtney Gibson

Joy Guyatt, Annette Hamilton, John Hughes

Margot Kingston. Joan Kirkby, Coralie Kronenburg

Judy Lattas, Gillian Leahy, Peter Manning

Tom Molomby, Chris Nash, Klaus Neumann

Tan Nguyen, Tony Nolan, Timothy OŐLeary,

Phoebe and Benedicte OŐLeary-Rutherford

Joanne Parker, Siva Raj, Carol Ralph

David Rankin, Malcolm Rouse,

Wendy and Noel Rutherford

David Tiley, Olaf Urban

 

Macquarie University

University of Technology, Sydney

Australian National University 

SEARCH Foundation

Lloyd Hart

 

Archival Material

ABC RADIO ARCHIVES

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION FOOTAGE SALES

STATE LIBRARY OF NSW

COLENE HUGHES

QUEENSLAND NEWSPAPERS PTY LTD

JOHN FAIRFAX HOLDING LIMITED

NEWS LTD

 

 "LAWS – Pauline Hanson Interview"

courtesy of FOXTEL

 

Still Photographs

SCOTT BALSON

@notdŐs One Nation Archive

URL: http://www.gwb.com.au/archive.htm

 

Additional Stills

Roger Lovell, Torsten Blackwood

Sharyn Rosewarne, Greg White

Reuters

 

 "PAULINE PAULINE"

Written and Performed by John Klasen & Trevor Johnson

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Produced with the assistance of the

Australian Film Commission

 

 

Produced with the assistance of the

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

 

ABC Executive Producer Dasha Ross

 

 

Produced with the assistance of the

New South Wales Film and Television Office

 

 

Executive Producer

STEFAN MOORE

 

 

A NATIONAL INTEREST PROGRAM

 

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