First Contact (1983 film)

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First Contact
Directed by Robin Anderson
Bob Connolly
Produced by Dick Smith
Cinematography Dennis O'Rourke
Tony Wilson
Edited by Martyn Down
Stewart Young
Release date(s) 7 December 1983
Running time 58 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

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.[1] It won Best Feature Documentary at the 1983 Australian Film Institute Awards.[2]

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First Contact grossed $120,000 at the box office in Australia.[3]

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