First Contact (1984)

Cover Art
Released 1-Sep-2005
Best Version
Region 4

Data Verified

NOTE: This DVD is only available as part of the Highlands Trilogy, The

If you create a user account, you can add your own review of this DVD
This is the classic film of cultural confrontation, as compelling today as when first released more than 20 years ago.

Columbus and Cortez left no visual record of their first contact with the New World, but when Australia's gold prospecting Leahy brothers first penetrated the unexplored New Guinea Highlands in the 1930s, they carried a camera, capturing on film the last great confrontation between two cultures that will ever again take place on Earth. The people they encountered had no concept of human life beyond their valleys. This amazing footage forms the basis of First Contact, along with eyewitness testimony from the surviving participants, white and black.

First Contact is one of those rare films that holds an audience spellbound. Humour and pathos are combined in this classic story of colonialism, told by the people who were there.

Reviews Glitches RPI
Link To Internet Movie Database Disc Rating
Steve C
Nil known
Daniel Leahy
James Leahy
Michael Leahy
Ron Carpenter
Directed by
Robin Anderson
Bob Connolly
Ron Carpenter
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Documentary 1984 51:57 (Case: 92) 576i (PAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6
Full Frame
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Featurette-Sunday Review, Interviews-Crew, Featurette-7.30 Report
Censorship/Version Notes
No Censorship/Version notes available for this title