5 Must-Watch Films and TV Series for NAIDOC Week


NAIDOC Week celebrates and recognised the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories. The POPSUGAR team is sharing stories to help educate, honour and guide in our continued to push for change, so be sure to find all our pieces here. Val Morgan Digital acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

National NAIDOC Week is a celebration that takes place across Australia in the first week of July each year. It’s a time to honour and appreciate the rich history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This week-long event offers an opportunity for Australians to dive into the vibrant and important world of First Nations cultures.

To help you get into the spirit of NAIDOC Week, we’ve handpicked a collection of must-watch films and TV series that will entertain, educate, and immerse you in the storytelling traditions of Indigenous communities.

So get ready to join the festivities, support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and enjoy these incredible narratives.

1. “The Sapphires” (2012):

This toe-tapping musical comedy-drama tells the true story of four talented Aboriginal women who form a singing group. As they embark on an adventure to Vietnam during the swinging 1960s, you’ll be swept away by the film’s infectious energy and themes of family, friendship, and the power of music.

Where to watch: Netflix

2. “Mystery Road” (TV Series, 2018-present):

“Mystery Road” is a thrilling and captivating crime drama. This TV series follows Detective Jay Swan, an Indigenous detective, as he investigates mysterious crimes in the remote and challenging landscapes of the Australian Outback. With a stellar cast led by Aaron Pedersen, “Mystery Road” delves into the dark underbelly of small communities, uncovering long-held secrets and confronting the complexities of race, identity, and justice.

Where to watch: ABC iview, Stan

3. “Top End Wedding” (2019):

Fall in love with the romantic comedy “Top End Wedding.” Join Lauren, a spirited young Aboriginal woman, on a hilarious and heartwarming journey as she races against time to find her missing mother before her dream wedding. Along the way, you’ll be enchanted by the stunning landscapes of the Northern Territory and immerse yourself in the vibrant portrayal of Aboriginal culture.

Where to watch: Netflix

4. “Black Comedy” (TV Series, 2014-2019):

If you’re in the mood for a good laugh while exploring Indigenous culture, “Black Comedy” is a must-watch TV series. This hilarious sketch comedy show, featuring a talented cast of First Nations comedians, offers witty and irreverent insights into contemporary social issues and challenges stereotypes.

Where to watch: ABC iview, Stan

5. “The Song Keepers” (2017):

Experience the power of music and cultural preservation with the inspiring documentary “The Song Keepers.” Follow the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir on their journey to share their unique music with the world. Through their personal stories, you’ll witness the significance of preserving traditional songs as a means of connecting generations and communities.

Where to watch: SBS On Demand

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