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Black And White
Directed by Craig Lahiff
Produced by Helen Leake
Nik Powell
Written by Louis Nowra
Starring Robert Carlyle
Charles Dance
Kerry Fox
David Ngoombujarra
Colin Friels
Music by Cezary Skubiszewski
Editing by Lee Smith
Language English

Black and White is a 2002 Australian film, directed by Craig Lahiff and starring Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, David Ngoombujarra, and Colin Friels. Louis Nowra wrote the screenplay and Helen Leake and Nik Powell produced the film. The film won an Australian Film Institute award in 2003 for David Ngoombujarra as Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Based on real events, it tells the story of Max Stuart (Ngoombujarra), a young aboriginal man who was sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder of a nine year old girl on what was considered questionable evidence. It follows the fight by his lawyers David O'Sullivan (Carlyle) and Helen Devaney (Fox) to save Stuart from execution, as well as Crown Prosecutor, Roderic Chamberlain (Dance) efforts to convict Stuart. Rohan Rivett editor of an Adelaide paper, The News, and its publisher, Rupert Murdoch (Ben Mendelsohn) also feature as leading the public response in the campaign to save Stuart.

In the final scene of the film, Max Stuart appeared as himself as an older man, driving along a dirt highway near Alice Springs where he now lives, and saying: "Yeah, some people think I'm guilty and some people think I'm not. Some people think Elvis is still alive, but most of us think he's dead and gone."[1] The film's producer, Helen Leak has reported that Stuart's response to seeing the film was, "It ain’t half bad, but it’s a long time to wait between smokes!"[2]

Awards

In 2003, the film won the Australian Film Institute award for Best Actor in Supporting Role.

References

  1. ^ Penelope Debelle (2002). "Max Stuart reflects, finds peace". The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/08/18/1029114051911.html. Retrieved 2006-02-21.  
  2. ^ Ken Inglis interviewed by Terry Lane (2002). "Transcript of The National Interest: writing history". The National Interest. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/natint/stories/s662208.htm. Retrieved 2006-02-21.  

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