Born: Established: 1963 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Richard Frankland is one of Australia's most experienced Indigenous singer/songwriters and filmmakers. 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 filmmakers. 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.