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Blood Brothers: #1 Broken English (1993)

 

Directors: Ned Lander, Rachel Perkins, Trevor Graham
Writers: Ned Lander, Rachel Perkins, Trevor Graham, Marcia Langton

Four extraordinary stories of Aboriginal Australia are told in this acclaimed series from producers/directors Ned Lander and Rachel Perkins. Blood Brothers documents and dramatises important Indigenous stories with a personal focus. It tells the stories of an outspoken civil rights leader, an influential musician and songwriter, a man sentenced for a crime he says he didn’t commit and a law man and elder who introduces us to his community’s fire ceremony.

Through these real-life experiences, the series examines the oppression, resistance and survival of the Aboriginal people and shows what Aboriginality – both contemporary and traditional – is all about.

Produced by City Pictures in association with SBS Indigenous Unit. Made with the participation of the Australian Film Finance Corporation. Developed with the assistance of the NSW Film and Television Office.


Hugo Weaving plays David O’Sullivan, the defense attorney


For 30 years, Arrernte man Rupert Max Stuart has maintained his innocence of the rape and murder of a young white girl. His story became the basis for the movie Black and White in 2002. In Broken English, we hear from Max and those personally involved in the case. Max Stuart claims he fell prey to prejudices in the white justice system and alleges he was beaten and verballed by police. He spent 14 years in prison and faced the gallows nine times for the crime he says he didn’t commit. This film, which combines documentary and drama, recreates some of the events of his trial, appeals and subsequent Royal Commission. It features Hugo Weaving, Noah Taylor and Tony Barry with Lawrence Turner playing Max Stuart.

Produced by City Pictures in association with SBS Indigenous Unit. Made with the participation of the Australian Film Finance Corporation. Developed with the assistance of the NSW Film and Television Office.