Manganinnie (1980)

Session 1:  Manganinnie (1980) – directed by John Honey

Directed by John Honey who will host a Q&A.  Introduction by Greg Lehman Synopsis: Bio of John Honey:

In 1830s Tasmania, while on a journey for survival, an Aboriginal woman finds a white girl and teaches her Aboriginal language and lore.

Winner of the AFI Award in1980, this is the first feature film made by the Tasmanian Film Corporation.

Where: Snug Community Hall
When:  Friday 16th September
Time: 7.30pm
Session Time: 85mins
Speaker:  Director, John Honey (who will introduce the film & finish with a Q&A)

Bio of Director JOHN HONEY

John Honey was born in Launceston and educated at Launceston High School and the University of Tasmania.  His media career started with ABC television in Hobart. In 1978 he joined the Tasmanian Film Corporation and directed the acclaimed feature film Manganinnie. John worked from Hobart until 1989, then moved to the USA. There he produced, wrote and directed more than sixty television documentaries, and co-established the Wingspan cable television channel.


In 1999 the Discovery Network bought Wingspan and John returned to Hobart. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for outstanding service to Australian film and television.  Since his return he has concentrated on writing. He was on the original writing team of the television series 

McLeod’s Daughters.  He has written three novels, Paint, Threatened Species and Strings, and was commissioned to adapt Paint and Strings for the screen.

Recently he has collaborated with composer Don Kay on two song cycles, and has completed the libretto for Don’s three act opera “The Bushranger’s Lover”.

He is currently writing a feature screenplay for a Melbourne production company and working on a new novel.

Images reprodued with the kind permission of The Tasmanian State Archives