360 Degree Films
GPO Box 2009
Darwin NT 0800
tel: +61 4 1853 0550
'Please accept my congratulations for your beautiful documentary. In my opinion it is one of the most interesting, appealing and
moving documentaries made in this country'.
GIAN CARLO MANONE, SBS TV SPECIAL PROJECTS 9 February 1995
'(I)hope you are able to catch the excellent documentary THE ISABELLAS THE LONG MARCH. This is the story of one man coming to
terms with exile. Articulate and poetic in his insights, Chen Xing Liang is the antithesis of the popular notion of the
marauding opportunist. Economically and ecologically Australia is vulnerable to any unchecked wave of migration and we
therefore have to protect ourselves. But the measure of any society is its generosity of spirit. Freedom without compassion
is no freedom at all'.
SIMON HUGHES, The Age 7 February 1995
'The Isabellas is an account of the 56 Chinese from the boat code named Isabella who landed unobserved and almost perished in
the Kimberley…The words come out in simple and moving phrases of translation: You won't die. We need each other's company.'
DENNIS PRYOR, The Age 4 February 1995
'The Cutting Edge on SBS tonight is a program called The Isabellas: The Long March. It is two things - a tale of quite amazing
human resilience, determination and hardship, and a broader look at a whole subject. Four years ago, 56 Chinese nationals
landed a wooden boat on the rugged Kimberley coastline. One of them was Chen Xing Liang. He is the subject of this documentary
made by Sally Ingleton.'
PAM CASELLAS, The West Australian 7 February 1995
'This Cutting Edge documentary is remarkable more for its substance than its style. But the content of the interviews is
eyeopening for the many Australians who until now only thought of refugees in terms of how lucky they were to be here'.
MARGARET KENEALLY, Daily Telegraph Mirror 7 February 1995
'Ingleton takes Chen to Port Hedland where he talks to internees through the wire. 'What's it like living in Australia?' a girl
asks him shyly. He shrugs 'Not bad; like living in an aunt's house forever', he says.
JANE FREEMAN, Sydney Morning Herald 6 February 1995