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Bedevil (1993)

Three Australian stories of the supernatural are recounted in this anthology. Rick (Jack Charles), an Aboriginal boy living near a swamp on Bribie Island, is haunted by an American solider ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Davidson Diana Davidson ... Shelley
Jack Charles ... Rick
Ben Kennedy Ben Kennedy ... Rick at 11 years
Kenneth Avery Kenneth Avery ... Rick at 7 years
Daphne Byers Daphne Byers ... Rick's Sister
Lavinia Phillips Lavinia Phillips ... Rick's Sister
Desarae Morgan Desarae Morgan ... Rick's Sister
Haley McGovern Haley McGovern ... Blonde Child
Jordan Hammond Jordan Hammond ... Blonde Child
Greg Stolzenheim Greg Stolzenheim ... Blonde Children's Father
Ken Canning Ken Canning ... Rockabilly
Imbi Pilt Imbi Pilt ... Rockabilly's Girlfriend (as Imby Pilt)
Benjamin Collard Benjamin Collard ... Swamp Ghost
Ric MacClure Ric MacClure ... Rick's Uncle
Catherine Wright Catherine Wright ... Young Shelley
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Three Australian stories of the supernatural are recounted in this anthology. Rick (Jack Charles), an Aboriginal boy living near a swamp on Bribie Island, is haunted by an American solider who drowned in quicksand. Ruby (Tracey Moffatt) and her family live in a house near long-abandoned train tracks, which still carry ghostly apparitions. A landlord (Lex Marinos) has trouble evicting the tenants of an old warehouse: a couple that's been dead for years.

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The trilogy shares the memories of the White settlement in the Australian homeland 200 years ago.
10 April 2014 | by wajiharazaSee all my reviews

BeDevil (1993) addresses the marginalization of Aboriginal Australians in the events, symbolism, and media hype surrounding the bicentenary of European settlement in Australia in 1988. Tracey Moffatt challenges the racial stereotypes by gearing a political process of reform and self-recognition though her postmodernist 'identity search'-driven work aiming at appropriation of hegemonic spectacle. BeDevil disrupts the hegemony of the pure original canon that excluded Aboriginal Australians from the mainstream. This sort of exclusion practice is a known phenomenon worldwide, more so happens in the post-colonial Third World countries like Pakistan and India as both exclude their ethnic minorities from the mainstream media. The author echoes back to Moffatt's stories of bedeviling experiences with tales of similar issues around race, gender, and normality from Islamic Republic of Pakistan, wherein post-Independence immigrants are constantly struggling for appropriation and redefinition of their identities. The Pakistan born children of miscegenation are considered immigrants by descent despite the facts concerning Islamic origins, two nations' theory, migration, and over 60 years residency. The author shares the mutually bedeviling experiences of 'othering' and a struggle with the notions of shared social conscience and histories between children of miscegenation in Australia and Pakistan in the context of the Australian trilogy.

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28 October 1993 (Australia) See more »

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