Since completing BLACKBIRD in 2015, there has been an overwhelming response to this short film exploring the history of Australia’s sugar slaves.

Sharing this story with the world has enabled discussion around the history of blackbirding – an era of history that has remained under-acknowledged for over 150 years.

Read below for ways to watch BLACKBIRD via online streaming (for private viewing) or DVD (for educational use, community screenings & a variety of uses).

We invite you to share viewing links with your family, community, school, friends and colleagues.


Vimeo OnDemand: (available internationally)

KANOPY (free through your library, school or university):

SBS OnDemand: (free in Australia until 27 Nov 2019)

DVD for private, educational & community screenings

The BLACKBIRD DVD is available through Ronin Films (prices vary depending on private use, educational use, community screening use):

For detailed instructions to order a DVD including prices: click here or contact Ronin Films directly (details below).

PLEASE NOTE: Streaming and Downloads of Ronin titles through DVD and Vimeo-on-Demand are for private home use only. For use by educational institutions or for public screenings (whether commercial or non-commercial), please contact Ronin Films on or (02) 6248 0851.

More Information

BLACKBIRD Webpage or the BLACKBIRD Facebook Page.

Blackbird from Ronin Films on Vimeo.


Craig McConnell- Business Manager

Australia: 02 6248 0851
International: + 612 6248 0851