"I jumped on the railway tracks and held up a sign: Stop the War in Vietnam"
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Wollongong's history in activism revealed - Illawarra Mercury
"Wollongong has a radical, activist history that challenges anywhere else in the country, Woonona author John Rainford says.
A lifelong unionist, Rainford's interest in activism, protest and politics has led him through penning several books on radicalism and onto his latest project - writing and producing a film, Radical Wollongong, chronicling the recorded history of Wollongong through a lens of social activism.
"We have a very real, living history of radicalism here. It's important to tell that story," Rainford said. Read the full Mercury article
A people's history OF WOLLONGONG
Radical Wollongong is an award-winning, action-packed account of the progressive political history of the city.
The film features colourful interviews with activist participants who battled 'Pig Iron Bob', participated in the 1949 coal strike, defended the Communist Party against banning, were jailed for draft resistance during the Vietnam war, organised the unemployed, forced Australia's biggest company to employ women, occupied Federal Parliament and much more, all accompanied by fascinating archival footage and photos.
The film also covers today's struggles in the Illawarra, from Sandon Point to the community battle to stop coal seam gas,
and is a call for the spirit of people power to continue and grow.
Behind the scenes
Radical Wollongong is written by lifelong unionist and radical author John Rainford, and is being produced by a team from Green Left TV and Art Resistance. Follow the film's creation on the "making of" blog page.
The film premiered to 250 people in Wollongong on May 18, 2014, has been launched in other cities with public screenings, and was recently voted "Best in Festival" at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. The film also won the inaugural "Miguel Cifuentes Radical Change Award" at CLiFF. To organise a screening or to have the film play at your festival, get in touch.
Buy the DVD here.