The 1960s - Imperialism

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US dominance of the entertainment industry remained an issue:

We don’t need a film industry

While cowboys die for us on our TV.

The New supported Equity’s stance on Australian content on television. It was also involved in the long-running campaign to establish a Chair of Australian Literature at Sydney University, in recognition of which Miriam Hampson attended the foundation stone ceremony for the new Fisher Library in 1961.

Going, Going, Gone! by Mona Brand and Margaret Barr, directed by Roger Milliss, was a “financial revue” about Australia’s dependence on foreign investment, especially its sellout of natural resources, from the First Fleet to the 1960s.

Performers included Maggie Kirkpatrick, Rod Williams and Linal Haft. John Gaden was cast but got professional work, as did Helen Verstak and Bill Reynolds. At a time when the theatre was broke, the authors donated royalties to the NT premises fund.

Some fundraising events attracted big houses but made hardly any money.

A folk concert was packed out but entry was by donation: “It will be a good show and it’s not going to cost us anything”.

Members took part in protests outside the French Embassy over atomic testing in the Pacific.


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