Series 632 - Jeff Doring collection of documentary material on the Bedamini people of Papua New Guinea

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Jeff Doring collection of documentary material on the Bedamini people of Papua New Guinea


  • 1970s (Creation)

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2 videocassettes (U-matic in cases) of the film 'Titikawa and Friends', colour, 50 minutes, 1972 ; 1 box of transparencies (slides) ; and a large collection of 35mm black/white and colour negatives, contact prints and notes.

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The collection was created by Jeff and Su Doring in c1972. The film (videocassette) 'Tidikawa and Friends' is a 50 minute documentary of the daily lives of the Bedamini speakers of PNG through the eyes of Tidikawa, a spirit medium who communicate with ancestral spirits. The film was awarded the AFI Gold Award for Best Documentary ; the Australian Cinematographic Society, Best Documentary ; and the Gold Award for Best Documentary in the 15th American Film Festival, 1973. The collection also includes seven large folders of 35mm colour and black and white negatives, together with contact prints; three small files of 5.5cm Panchromatic black and white negatives, and Kodak colour 5.5cm negatives ; plus some field notes on the Bendamini.


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Researchers must sign an access agreement

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Videocassettes: Tidikawa and friends (2 videocasettes), U-Matic Panasonic Video Cassette, colour, 50 minutes, NV-P26. Sydney Filmmakers Co-op Ltd, St Peters Lane, Darlinghurst NSW, 1972. PAL

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All negatives should be filed into new sleeves and binders.

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Created by Christine Bryan on 5 September 2016




2. - Review.
3. Reviewed Work(s): Tidikawa and Friends by Su Doring and Jef Doring; The Spirit World of Tidikawa. Review by: Edward L. Schieffelin and Bambi B. Schieffelin. Source: American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 76, No. 3 (Sep., 1974), pp. 710-714. Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association.

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