'Lousy Little Sixpence, which earns its title from the miserable wages paid to young Aboriginal servants (wages they rarely received), examines the experiences of five stolen children. Margaret Tucker, Bill Reid, Geraldine Briggs, Flo Caldwell and Violet Shea tell their stories in a moving manner.
The main focus of this particular film is on the way that Aboriginal children were used to create a servant class for white employers.
The film also examines the way in which outspoken Aborigines began to organize and protest about the conditions, especially in light of the celebration of one hundred and fifty years of (white) settlement in 1938.
With the aid of interviews, newsreels and film, the video builds up an empathetic picture of these five people and their communities.
Beginning in 1900, the film takes us through changing attitudes to the use of Aboriginal reserve land, the struggles of the Great Depression, the experience of Aboriginal soldiers in World War II and the origins of the Aboriginal Rights movement in the 1930s.' [Cited Reference 3, Carrodus, Geraldine. "Lousy Little Sixpence, Stolen Generations and Land of the Little Kings: A Study Guide" (pdf)]
Lousy Little Sixpence took three years to research and produce. In the early stages of production, the film's producers Alec Morgan and Gerald Bostock travelled through New South Wales and Victoria while receiving unemployment benefits, looking for information on the Stolen Generations to include such as newspaper articles, films and photographs. [Smith, Margaret. "25 years on, classic film still shocks" (PDF). Koori Mail.]