Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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This article reads Richard J. Frankland's Stone Bros. (2009) as a critique of romanticized notions of primitive Aboriginal spirituality. Through the unlikely arena of popular cinema, this irreverent stoner comedy draws viewer attention to the persistence of notions of repressive authenticity, with particular reference to elements of Aboriginal spirituality. I examine the film's parodic treatment of two central motifs: the 'important' stones belonging to the two main characters - Aboriginal cousins Eddie (Luke Carroll) and Charlie (Leon Burchill) - and Eddie's light skin colour. Stone Bros. insists that anachronistic ideals of Aboriginality continue to hold currency for both indigenous and non-indigenous people in contemporary Australia. In raising potentially uncomfortable issues for black and white Australians through popular cinema Stone Bros. draws to viewers' attention the potentially negative impacts of misplaced romanticisms on the nation's reconciliation process.

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