Film & Green Bans (1971-1984)


Chips Mackinolty, poster for Remember Mick Fowler, 1979. Chips Mackinolty, Rocking the Foundations: A History of the NSW Builders Labourers Federation 1947-1974. Poster by Pat Fiske. Rocking the Foundations Film Clip



Rocking the Foundations, notes on the flim
Pat Fiske the filmmaker and one of the first women builder's labourers at the time of the Green Bans, conducted contemporaneous interviews with Mundey and other BLs leaders. Released as “Rocking the Foundations: History of the New South Wales Builders Labourer’s Federation, 1940-1974”, director Pat Fiske, 1985, Bower Bird Films, Sydney.

An outstanding historical account of the Green Bans first introduced by the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation in the 1970s to preserve inner- city parkland and historic buildings. Pat Fiske traces the development of a quite singular union whose social and political activities challenged the notion of what a union should be.

The esteemed Australian documentary maker, Bob Connolly, worked with Pat Fiske on the editing and narration of the opening sequence — a quote by Bertold Brecht — and it is both poetic and political in its promise. The use of wind sound effects, melodic music, gentle narration and rhythmic editing are at odds with the more strident presentation of unionism, strikes and activism that were usually associated with left-wing actions of the time.

DIGITALLY RESTORED by the National Film and Sound Archive as part of the NFSA Restores program.
"Documentary? Just call it cinema. … A miracle of orchestration."
- Sylvia Lawson, Inside Story, 31 October 2014
“An exhilarating and complete account of the Green Bans - one of the most important developments in union history. An uplifting film for the sheer energy of the people involved.” - John Hinde, ABC  Radio.

Producer, director, narrator Pat Fiske

Cinematographers Martha Ansara, Fabio Cavadini

Editors Stewart Young, Jim Stevens, Pat Fiske

Sound Lawrie Fitzgerald Music Davood Tabrizi

Narration written by Graham Pitts, Pat Fiske

Script and Research Pat Fiske

Produced by Bower Bird Films


Documentary Films on the History and "Spirit of Kings Cross" and Woolloomooloo


The Glittering Mile, a Film 1962, is an important resource on the history and "Spirit of Kings Cross" and Woolloomooloo





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