First Contact (1983 film)
|Directed by||Robin Anderson
|Produced by||Dick Smith|
|Edited by||Martyn Down
|Release date(s)||7 December 1983|
|Running time||58 minutes|
First Contact is a 1983 documentary by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson which recounts the discovery of a flourishing native population in the interior highlands of New Guinea in 1930 in what had been thought to be an uninhabited area. It is based on the book of the same name by the same authors. Inhabitants of the region and surviving members of the Leahy brothers' gold prospecting party recount their astonishment at this unforeseen meeting. The film includes still photographs taken by a member of the expedition and contemporary footage of the island's terrain. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It won Best Feature Documentary at the 1983 Australian Film Institute Awards.
First Contact grossed $120,000 at the box office in Australia.
- AMG. "First Contact". New York Times. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
- AACTA. "Past WInners: 1983 Winners & Nominees". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
- "Laughing at First Contact - Abstract". Visual Anthropology Review. AnthroSource. March 2006 - 22(1):14. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
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