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Riot or Revolution - a film about the Eureka Stockade, 1854

As seen on ABC-TV

Now available on DVD
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DUR: 55 mins.

DVD EXTRAS include:
ATOM Study Guide
Articles on Eureka
21 x Scene Selections
Release Script
Press Kit


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“A fascinating and valuable film”
Phillip Adams, broadcaster (Radio National), columnist (The Australian)

"The Riot or Revolution documentary will be seen in future years as the definitive telling of the Eureka story."
Paul Gray, columnist (Herald Sun)

“Don Parham’s Eureka documentary is at the one time a more balanced and more exciting and vivid account than we have had before ... It is a real achievement to take an iconic moment in our history and deepen our understanding of it.”
Dr John Hirst, Reader in History (La Trobe University)


'Swearing Allegiance to the Southern Cross' by Charles A. Doudiet (Ballarat Fine Art Gallery)




Riot or Revolution is a one hour documentary film about the Eureka Stockade, 1854. Commissioned by the ABC and screened on ABC1, the film was written, directed and produced by the highly regarded film-maker, Don Parham. Riot or Revolution tells the story of Eureka as you’ve never heard it before. It uses vivid eyewitness accounts to reveal the different passions and perspectives of some of the main protagonists in this great drama. Brian Lipson and Julia Zemiro lead a brilliant ensemble cast in performing colourful monologues that creatively use the documented words of the historical characters. Authoritative historians and writers including Prof Geoffrey Blainey, Tom Keneally and others provide insightful commentary. A magnificent musical score, dramatic recreations and the extensive use of colonial artworks all combine to breathe new life into the timeless and important legend of the Eureka Stockade.

A synopsis for this film can be found here... Synopsis

Fuller background and production notes for the film can be found here... Notes

A selection of publicity photos and a copy of the full DVD sleeve can be viewed here ... Photos

To download a PDF copy of the ATOM Study Guide click here ... Study Guide

A video clip of the film's opening sequence can be viewed by clicking on the picture below



"Don Parham's Riot or Revolution is a remarkable achievement in film-making and an outstanding
contribution to understanding a critical moment in the development of government and democracy in Australia."

TIM SULLIVAN Deputy CEO and Museums Director, Sovereign Hill Museums Association

"What makes Riot or Revolution particularly effective is the use of actors to portray historical characters speaking their documented words in a series of soliloquies. This anchors the documentary in the perspectives of the people at the time ... Riot or Revolution is an excellent resource for schools, since it uses both primary and secondary sources in such a vivid and mutually supporting way. It is a fine example of how to do historical documentary."
MICHAEL WARBY Co-Director, Medieval Education


developed and produced in association with

financed by

developed with the assistance of

filmed in Victoria, Australia with the assistance of Film Victoria's

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funded by the Victorian Government through the


ISBN: 978-0-9806495-0-5
BARCODE: 9 780980 649505
TECH INFO: 16x9 aspect ratio, DVD-5, Dolby Digital 2.0, PAL, Colour
FILM DUR: 55 mins
ATOM School Study Guide (PDF file on DVD-ROM section of disc, accessible via computer)
Easy to navigate menus
Scene Selection (21 scenes)
Slideshow of production stills
Release Script (PDF file)
Press Kit (PDF file)
Articles on Eureka (PDF files)

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