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Backroads (1977)

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A black and white lowlife duo drives around Australia's Outback in a stolen vehicle and finds trouble after trouble.

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A black and white lowlife duo drives around Australia's Outback in a stolen vehicle and finds trouble after trouble.

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This is one of a handful of mid-late 1970s Australian feature films that were road movies. The pictures include High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977), Summer City (1977), 20th Century Oz (1976), Cosy Cool (1977), In Search of Anna (1978) and Backroads (1977). See more »

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Australia's racial Easy Rider?
5 March 2003 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

This movie reminded me of EASY RIDER. While not documenting the emergence of a freer counter-culture or revealing the shortcomings of contemporary society, it flowed on similarly as a thoroughly fluid road-movie that sought to uncover deeply-engrained prejudices that still persist, even latently, in attitude formation: black or white.

The two protagonists are once again outcasts; Bill the itinerant, petty-thief rebel-rouser and Dave his good, clear-thinking, articulate Aboriginal friend. They pick up hitchhikers on their way across Northern New South Wales, stopping by Dave's reservation and generally having a good time. The movies ends in an element of pathos analogous to EASY RIDER.

The movie gives the actors scope to make a balanced statement on the nature of racism. Bill Hunter plays an essentially fair, full-loving and decent bloke, who still had ingrained reservations about fully recognising Aboriginal cultural-sovereignty. BACKROADS succeeds because it is sensible and makes no definite statement on the race debate.

A very enjoyable film that probably gave the Australian Film Commission courage to make others like "Wrong Side Of The Road".


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