Learn why democracy is not a spectator sport
From 26 November until 2 December the museum will be hosting a special film preview. Foxtel’s The History Channel has just finished production on a new documentary, The People Speak, which has the intriguing tagline Democracy is not a spectator sport. Narrated by acclaimed author Thomas Keneally and using some of Australia’s most successful actors, the program documents Australia’s democratic struggles through film and stills, and uses the actors to narrate the words of the men and women who have shaped democratic change. The program ranges through issues such as the ending of transportation, the push for universal suffrage, worker’s rights, the Eureka rebellion, and civil disobedience on issues such as conscription, gay rights and the environment.
The museum will show a short version of The History Channel film in our In Focus gallery. Many of the issues canvassed in the program are covered in the museum’s permanent galleries: in Designing Democracy visitors can read about women’s struggle for the vote and view postcards and badges relating to that, while in Living Democracy a new badge display showcases a large number of subjects associated with protest and democratic change. The film will show on a loop throughout the day and the museum encourages visitors to come and view this unique new program before it debuts on Foxtel’s The History Channel on Sunday 2 December at 7.30pm AEDT.
The History Channel is a museum media partner.