|Directed by||James Ricketson|
|Produced by||Paul D. Barron|
|Screenplay by||James Ricketson|
|Music by||David Milroy|
|Edited by||Christopher Cordeaux|
|Distributed by||Ronin Films|
Blackfellas is a 1993 Australian drama film directed by James Ricketson and starring John Moore, David Ngoombujarra, Jack Charles, John Hargreaves and Ernie Dingo. It is an adaptation of Archie Weller's 1981 novel The Day of the Dog. The film won two AFI Awards and had its premier at the Valhalla Cinema in Melbourne on 26 August 1993.
In Perth, Western Australia, Doug Dooligan (John Moore), a young Nyoongar man, is released from prison, where he was incarcerated for assault. Outside, he is picked up by his charismatic childhood friend Floyd "Pretty Boy" Davies (David Ngoombujarra), who was partially responsible for Doug's incarceration, and taken to a remote Aboriginal community in Western Australia. He becomes attracted to a local girl Polly (Jaylene Riley) and, upon learning that Floyd is still involved in criminal activities, decides to leave and visit his mother.
Determined to stay out of trouble, Doug buys back his father's old property, Yetticup, which has traditional roots. Polly joins him at Yetticup and not soon afterward, Doug's father reappears after he had escaped from prison. Doug narrowly escapes the police when his father is apprehended, and the latter dies in prison. Distraught, Doug meets Floyd, and the two become friends again. When Doug tries to stop Floyd from committing a crime, Floyd sacrifices his own life so that Doug can escape and avoid arrest.
James Ricketson became interested in the story in the early 1980s when he was directing an episode of Women of the Sun.
According to Ozmovies:
Proving once again that reviews can’t be banked, the film opened to generally positive reviews amongst mainstream newspaper reviewers but this didn't help at the box office.
| AACTA Awards |
(1993 AFI Awards)
|Best Direction||James Ricketson||Nominated|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Best Actor||John Moore||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||David Ngoombujarra||Won|
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