Born: Established: 1963 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Richard Frankland is one of Australia's most experienced Indigenous singer/songwriters and filmakers. Born on the coast in South-West Victoria, Richard worked as a soldier, fisherman, and also as a Field Officer during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. His work on the Royal Commission led to his appearance as a presenter in the award winning Australian documentary, Who Killed Malcolm Smith.
Frankland has written, directed, and produced a wide range of video, documentary, and film projects including the award winning No Way to Forget, After Mabo, Harry's War and The Convincing Ground documentary. Richard is also a musician whose music features on soundtracks to many of his films and some of his songs have been recorded by acclaimed Indigenous singer/songwriter Archie Roach.He was also selected as part of a group in 2007 to participate in a project by the Australian Film Commission (AFC) that was designed to nurture and assist the talents of upcoming Indigenous filmakers. The project was designed to give the chosen individuals the opportunity to develop their first feature film with the assistance of respected directors and producers such as Phillip Noyce, Zachary Skiar and Ray Lawrence.
'Eddie and Charlie are two cousins trying to deliver a special rock home to their Uncle. They pre-roll 187 joints for the long drive home, pick up an Aboriginal transvestite, go to an explosive wedding, pick up an Italian rock god who has some issues, get chased by a possessed dog, piss off a woman of magic, get locked up, have an old car, they meet a redneck, get covered in chocolate sauce, chased by an angry spider and they are black.
'There is only one real question you really need to ask yourself... Would you get in the car with them???'
Source: Godlen Seahorse Productions website, http://www.goldenseahorse.com.au/
'The Circuit is set in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia. It is a place of two seasons; the wet and the dusty dry. Known for its beauty, vastness and hardship, this region is a land rich in history for its traditional owners, but now sits within the confines of white ownership and white law. This is the home of The Circuit, the Magistrate's Court, which visits far-flung communities several days a month, bringing conveyor-belt justice dealt swiftly and fairly. Working between two worlds and juggling white law with traditional lore, means that justice can be a slippery beast.'
Source: SBS website, http://www.sbs.com.au/
Harry Saunders's decision to join the army during the Second World War and fight for his country is largely motivated by his desire to fight for the rights of Indigenous people. Harry hopes that in fighting alongside the white citizens of Australia, he will help Indigenous people to eventually win citizenship. Prejudice and racism, however, are not so easily overcome, as Harry soon finds out.
(Source: Australian Screen.)