6.7/10
644
11 user 13 critic

Black and White (2002)

Recreation of the landmark 1958 South Australian Court trial of young aboriginal Max Stuart.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Face I (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In the face of demise in his values, a socialist in England decides to form a gang and rob banks for a living.

Director: Antonia Bird
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Steve Sweeney
Mullet (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A dark-sheep type of man returns to his hometown after a prolonged absence. While he's been gone ludicrous rumours have spread about his whereabouts. Is he a big footy player or is he a ... See full summary »

Director: David Caesar
Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Susie Porter, Andrew S. Gilbert
Idiot Box (1996)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, ... See full summary »

Director: David Caesar
Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Jeremy Sims, John Polson
Amy II (1997)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Amy is a story of a young girl who witnesses her dad's death on stage at a rock concert. She becomes mentally mute/deaf after this, and 4 years later discovers she can communicate only by ... See full summary »

Director: Nadia Tass
Stars: Alana De Roma, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Fifteen-year-old Sarah is at a crisis point in her life - she has to cope with deafness, her mother's boyfriend, peer group acceptance and an increasing sexual awakening.

Director: Barbara Boyd-Anderson
Stars: Nadine Garner, Lyn Semmler, Robin Cuming
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Hanif and Dean steal a cache of drugs from Dean's psychotic brother Jerry, and at the last minute get a lift with Mimi as she decides to drive to Perth. They pick up a drunken singer, ... See full summary »

Director: Stavros Kazantzidis
Stars: Naveen Andrews, Ben Mendelsohn, Miranda Otto
Black and White II (1999)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Chris O'Brien, devoted Catholic and rookie cop with LAPD, is assigned to partner with the hard-edged, street-smart Nora Hugosian. A serial killer is loose, and all the victims are low-life ... See full summary »

Director: Yuri Zeltser
Stars: Gina Gershon, Rory Cochrane, Ron Silver
Return Home (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man and his wife are partners in a small business, a service station, that is stuggling to survive financially. They are visited by his brother, a divorced middle-aged man, who has taken ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Argall
Stars: Dennis Coard, Frankie J. Holden, Ben Mendelsohn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Seymour is a loner. A small, shy, introverted eleven year old whose parents are separated. By chance Seymour meets the beautiful, effervescent but drug-addicted Angie, who is also lonely ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lowenstein
Stars: Sudi de Winter, Fiona Ruttelle, Rebecca Smart
Sample People (2000)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

This edgy Australian film stars an ensemble cast headed up by pop superstar Kylie Minogue, David Field, and John Lyndon. Various characters interact under strange circumstances, calling to mind movies such as GO and PULP FICTION

Director: Clinton Smith
Stars: Kylie Minogue, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Lyndon
The Big Steal (1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To impress a girl a shy teenaged boy buys a used Jaguar.

Director: Nadia Tass
Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Claudia Karvan, Marshall Napier
Needle (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A killer uses an 18th century machine with supernatural powers to terrorize students at a college.

Director: John V. Soto
Stars: Travis Fimmel, Ben Mendelsohn, Nathaniel Buzolic
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
David O'Sullivan
...
Roderic Chamberlain
...
Helen Devaney
David Ngoombujarra ...
Young Max Stuart
Max Stuart ...
Old Max Stuart
...
Father Tom Dixon
...
Rupert Murdoch
Bille Brown ...
Thomas Playford
John Gregg ...
Rohan Rivett
...
Det-Sgt Turner
Gary Waddell ...
Const. Jones
Patrick Duggin ...
Policeman #1
Andrew Martin ...
Policeman #2
Frank Gallacher ...
Justice Reed
...
Justice Abbott
Edit

Storyline

True story that created headline news in 1959. A young aboriginal man Max Stuart, was convicted of murder in the light of questionable evidence presented, of nine year old Mary Hattam near Ceduna, on the south coast of Australia. International News Media Baron, Rupert Murdoch (played by Ben Mendelsohn), then publisher of the Adelaide "News," became the driving force behind securing a re-trial for Stuart. Written by Noel Bailey <uds3@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A brutal murder set a nation ablaze See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 2002 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Black & White  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Black and White: Featurette (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Traditional Chant
Performed by Max Stuart
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A harsh reminder of what still lies under the surface
7 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

The world of the movie is one of the few areas where Australians care to face up to their unjust and brutal treatment of the Aboriginie. This movie is based on a disturbingly recent true story and is brilliantly understated. One never feels one knows what really happened, but the legal processes are a shocking inditment of racial prejudice and power politics. Even today Australia still struggles to come to grips with this shameful side of their past. Black and White should be seen in every Australian household as similar events almost certainly still go on today in the far flung reaches of this vast land mass. Highly recommended. (Available on dvd in Australia.)


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial