The Documentary

Australia Says YES

The story of the battle for marriage equality in Australia—told by those on the front-lines.

Australia Says Yes documents the campaign for marriage equality in Australia on the one year anniversary of the historic decision. Tune in on Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm on SBS.

Packed with drama, high emotions and cliffhanger moments, Australia Says Yes is the intimate and personal history of five decades of struggle and perseverance that propelled Australia to finally say Yes to marriage equality.

By Kirk Marcolina, the film records the decades-long battle to create a more equal nation, seen through personal reflections from the heroes and pioneers of the movement; behind-the-scenes moments revealing heartache, strategy and determination; and archival footage featuring key moments in this extraordinary struggle.


From the history of facing arrest, imprisonment or even the death penalty—simply for being gay—to the nail-biting, life-changing results of the Marriage Equality Survey, the film reveals what has been at stake for so long for the LGBTIQ community.

The trials and tribulations of the 2017 postal survey on marriage equality serve as the spine of the film. This critical time is examined through the personal reflections of some of the advocates in the movement: long-time marriage equality activists Alex Greenwich, Dr Kerryn Phelps, Jackie Stricker-Phelps, and Peter de Waal and Peter “Bon” Bonsall-Boone who have been fighting for LGBTIQ people for decades; actress and comedian Magda Szubanski who took a personal and very public role in the struggle for equality; and grassroots campaigner Edie Shepherd, a gayby baby and co-founder of Blackfullas for Marriage Equality.

Watch Australia Says Yes on Thursday, November 15 at 7.30pm on SBS. The documentary will be available after broadcast anytime, on your favourite device via SBS On Demand.

Australia Says Yes is a presentation of Screen Australia and SBS Australia in association with Create NSW.