Warning: This site contains pictures, voices and names of some people who have passed away.

About

Satellite Dreaming was a TV documentary that I co-produced with CAAMA in 1991. It told the history of Indigenous media in Australia and showed the beginnings of Aboriginal media organisations and activities in Australia’s Centre. I have maintained a strong interest in the area since then - returning to Alice Springs on a research trip in 2011. This site, as it develops, will be a record of my – and other’s – continuing fascination with the subject.

Satellite Dreaming was a TV documentary that I (Tony Dowmunt) co-produced with CAAMA in 1991. It told the history of Indigenous media in Australia and showed the work of Aboriginal media organisations and activities in Australia’s Centre, as well as in more mainstream broadcasting.

I wrote this article a few years after making the programme:
Heat From a Small Fire, Spring 1997

I have maintained a strong interest in the work since then - returning to Australia on research trips in 2011 and 2017. This site is dedicated to exploring this work further, and providing a focus for information and debate.

Tony Dowmunt

Tony is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Media, Communications and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London.

He co-directs the London Community Video Archive, which is preserving community-made videos from the 1970s and '80s, to enable them to be used as a resource for contemporary debates and activism.

Tony was Convenor of the MA Screen Documentary in the Department from 1995-2015, and helped develop the AVPhD practice-based doctoral research programme. He is stll co-supervising Practice Research PhDs, mostly in the field of radical and 'alternative' documentary practices.

He previously worked as a television Producer/Director, and as a community media activist.