North Korea: Myth and Reality


This lecture will follow the expected (or unexpected?) meeting of Presidents Trump and Kim Jong Un

Start Date

21st Jun 2018 6:30pm

End Date

21st Jun 2018 7:30pm


Law Lecture Theatre, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

Enquiries: Barry Holmes, E: T: 6225 2123

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A public lecture presented by


Dr. Anna Broinowski

Walkley-winning filmmaker and author

6:00pm Refreshments
6:30pm Presentation with Q&A
7:30pm Event Ends

Dr Anna Broinowski is a Walkley-winning filmmaker and author.

Anna went to North Korea to get a first-hand insight from its finest propaganda film practitioners on film making in the country. The wealth of experience, sought and gained, was used by Anna in the creation of her 2013 ABC “documentary” Aim High In Creation! and her subsequent 2015 book, The Director is the Commander.

The oppression that motivated these works didn’t begin in Pyongyang or anywhere near the 38th parallel that separates the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Instead, the instigating factor was an alleged collusion between mining companies and the NSW government to introduce Coal Seam Gas drilling into suburban Sydney.

Other documentaries by Anna include Hanson: Please Explain! (SBS), Forbidden Lie$ (SBS/Palace), Helen’s War (SBS/CBC) and Hell Bento!! (SBS). Collectively, they have won 3 AFI/AACTAs, the Rome Festival Cult Prize, a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, an Atom, an Al Jazeera Golden Award, a Russian Critics’ Prize, Best Film at Films des Femmes France, the NIB Waverley Alex Buzo Prize and the Writer’s Guild of America Best Nonfiction Screenplay.

Anna is a regular features writer for The Guardian. Her latest book is Please Explain: the rise, fall and rise again of Pauline Hanson (2017).

Anna's presentation, "North Korea: Myth and Reality", which includes clips filmed in North Korea, is intended to provide not only an insight into aspects of governance and ideology inside the fledgling nuclear state, but also a film maker’s perspective on the 12th June ‘summit’ in Singapore, its potential outcomes, and changing media responses to North Korea in the age of Trump.

Anna will be available for book purchases and signing.

Australian Institute of International Affairs