On an unseasonably warm evening in 1968 Australian Prime Minister John Gorton, wearing evening dress, walked slowly along a line of 25 young Aboriginal women, dressed in white satin, standing silently in the Sydney Town Hall. Gorton was in Sydney for the first ever national Aboriginal debutante ball, held to celebrate the previous year's landslide referendum when 90.77% of Australians voted ''Yes" to Aboriginal rights. Dancing with the Prime Minister is a half hour documentary about that remarkable night in the winter of 1968 and the place it holds in Australian history. The film brings to the screen this extraordinary story and the context it was played out in - an era when Australians were optimistic about race relations, but still living with the stain of the Stolen Generations policy. Through the experiences and lives of those who were there on that balmy night - the Indigenous debutantes, the Aboriginal activists, the white establishment and the fashionable society set - Dancing ... Written by
25 Aboriginal debutantes, the Prime Minister of Australia, and a glamorous night in 1968 that turned the heads of a nation at a pivotal time in Australia's race relations.
22 August 2010 (Australia)
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