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1h 35m Drama, First Nations, Australia, Australian 1992

A half-caste Aborigine is caught between an allegiance to his people and his asperations to be free from their self destructive behaviour.

Based on Archie Weller’s award winning novel, The Day of The Dog, Blackfellas tells the story of Doug Douligan (John Moore, Pitch Black), a half-caste Aborigine caught between an undying allegiance to his people and his greater aspirations to be free from the deadly cycle of violence and self-destructive behaviour in which they live.

Both buoyed and perturbed by his life-long friend, the charismatic larrikin “Pretty Boy” Floyd (AFI Award winner David Ngoombujarra, Black and White), Doug finds himself deeply attracted to free spirited young Polly (Jaylene Riley), presenting a future full of possibilities. But Doug is made all the more aware of his precarious position by his white mother (Julie Hudspeth, Shame) and like it or not, must face his past in order to truly understand his heritage.

A bold and controversial film, exploring the very heart of Australian race relations and winner of 2 AFI Awards, Blackfellas also features first-rate performances from Ernie Dingo (Bran Nue Dae) and John Hargreaves (Don’s Party).


James Ricketson

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