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Much of the story is autobiographical, which is an important point, given the controversy that surrounds the film. The movie was commissioned by the Adelaide Arts Festival, but then attacked by prominent Aboriginal activist David Wilson, a former script consultant to the festival, who charged that it was made without proper consultation with the Aboriginal community in Port Pearce, near Port Victoria.
Wilson said that the film used racist language and would reignite painful memories for the families of two black men shot dead by a white publican in Port Victoria in The two men were among a large group of Aboriginal men who were attempting to rob the local hotel.
The controversy was quite heated inas the movie went into release, and confronting for the white filmmakers, who thought they were making a film about the effects of racism in Australia. Wilson contended they had no right to tell what he claimed was an Aboriginal story — even if fictionalised.
Writers such as Gwynne regard that argument as a form of censorship. Some Aboriginal writers and artists agree.
There is however a strong residual anger amongst many Aborigines that stories they reverence are still being appropriated, without proper consultation by white artists. There is plenty of room for debate about whether this film is an example of that. The central character of the story is Blacky Nathan Phillipsa young white man who is dominated by his violent father Simon Westaway.
According to the filmmakers this is a story about racism, and indeed it is. Unfortunately, in Australian Rulesas in many other films about racism, in order to tell a story about prejudice it is the Indigenous characters who service this narrative — but would we have a story about racism if this were not the case see Whiteys Like Us to see how racism is discussed within an all white group.
As an audience, we are subject to derogatory references to Indigenous peoples and especially Indigenous women. The argument put forward by a member of the Point Pearce community David Wilson that this is an Aboriginal story is one that is open to ongoing debate.
In order to make this an Aboriginal story it would have to be made as a different film altogether — and potentially it could have been.
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Gary helps his local Australian rules football team win the championship by accident, falls in love with a beautiful Aboriginal girl from the Mission, and becomes tangled in a • Write your own description of Gary and then compare what you.
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is a work of teenage fiction and is Phillip Gwynne's debut novel. Set in a small coastal town in South Australia, it is a rites-of-passage story about the interracial friendship between Australian rules football teammates Gary "Blacky" Black, a white boy, and Nunga Dumby Red.
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