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Black and White (2002)

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

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Craig Lahiff

Writer:

Louis Nowra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... David O'Sullivan
Charles Dance ... Roderic Chamberlain
Kerry Fox ... Helen Devaney
David Ngoombujarra David Ngoombujarra ... Young Max Stuart
Max Stuart Max Stuart ... Old Max Stuart
Colin Friels ... Father Tom Dixon
Ben Mendelsohn ... Rupert Murdoch
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Thomas Playford
John Gregg John Gregg ... Rohan Rivett
Roy Billing ... Det Sgt Turner
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Constable Jones
Patrick Duggin Patrick Duggin ... Policeman #1
Andrew Martin Andrew Martin ... Policeman #2
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ... Justice Reed
Rhys McConnochie ... Justice Abbott
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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>

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Official Sites:

Duoart Productions

Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Black & White See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

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

Soundtracks

Variations in E Flat, K.353
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Joseph Beckitt
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A harsh reminder of what still lies under the surface
7 February 2004 | by rokhopaSee 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.)


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