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Black and White (2002)

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

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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
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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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More of a near miss than a resounding success
20 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

A half-caste aborigine in 1950s Australia is sentenced to death on little more than racist supposition over the rape and murder of a young girl. Penniless and inexperienced good-guy lawyers, Robert Carlyle and Kerry Fox, go up against the system to save the man's neck from the gallows. David Ngoombujarra, as the half-caste, turns in a moving performance, the story has sufficient emotional pace, legal twists and unusual setting, yet for some reason manages to peter down like a wet squib. The climax doesn't seem to do the rest of the film justice, and the reminder that it is based on true events comes too late (at the very end of the credits) to have the proper impact. Black and White is an interesting film, but more of a near miss than a resounding success.


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