The Ethnic Communities of Newcastle and the Hunter Region in 1988

Salvatore Paladino (singer) 1988.

Dr Judith Galvin, author of the PhD thesis The Lettesi of Newcastle (1983) sent us two copies of a VHS video produced in 1988 featuring interviews and film recorded  among the migrant and ethnic community gatherings in Newcastle and the Hunter Region. She was sorting through her archives and found two tapes,

“copies of an SBS program by Ugo Mariotti in the 80s on Ageing Migrants in Newcastle and the Hunter Region. He spent a week with us in Newcastle when I was Director of the Migrant Health Unit and sent me these copies. If you could digitise the program, I’d love to see it again.”

The documentary was produced and directed by Ugo Mariotti. Both copies were digitised in the GLAMx Living Histories Digitisation Lab, University of Newcastle on 31 January 2018 by volunteer Michael Sheriff. We sincerely thank Michael for his help.

Australian Mosaic “Silverbeat” by Ugo Mariotti (19 November 1988) (COPY1)

Australian Mosaic “Silverbeat” by Ugo Mariotti (19 November 1988) (COPY1)

Office of Multicultural Affairs presents Australian Mosaic “Silverbeat” (or Silverbeet) Italian Documentary by Ugo Mariotti for SBS TV.
Date: 19.11.88
Subject: Migrant ethnic populations of Newcastle and Hunter Region.

Produced and Directed by Ugo Mariotti
Camera: Jerzy Starzynski and Barry Nancarrow
Sound:Moshe Rosenzveig
Editor: Jim Davis
Narration Script: Andrea Stretton
Narrator: Livio Benedetti
Post Production Video: Paul Kiggins
Post Production Audio: Ugis Metro
Graphic Artist: Lucia Galanti
Music Composed & Performed by Giorgio Zinzi
Transcript Typist: Jason Copeland
Production Manager: Judy Nash
Production Co-Ords: Helen Manasseh and John Pacitto
Thanks to:
The Andrean Family
Arrabito Family
Nicolini Family
The Greek and Polish Day Care Centre Newcastle
The Scalabrini Village
Salvatore Paladino (singer)
Maestro Luciano Zotti (piano accompanist)
Corrado Corolla (accordian player)
The Doherty Centre Chatswood
Executive Producer: Barbara Mariotti
SBS TV 1988
Subtitles: Mary Coupe and Keith McLennan

Gionni Di Gravio
University of Newcastle
February 2018


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