Blood Brothers (film series)

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Blood Brothers
Directed by Ned Lander
Produced byBarbara Mariotti
Ned Lander
Rachel Perkins
Jenny Day
Written by Ned Lander
Rachel Perkins
Marcia Langton [1]
Distributed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Release date
1993 (1993)
Running time
217 minutes

Blood Brothers is a 1993 four-part Australian documentary series that tells the stories of three different Aboriginal Australian men and an Aboriginal ceremony.



Broken English

"Broken English" is about Arrernte man Rupert Max Stuart who has always maintained his innocence of the rape and murder of a young white girl in 1958. He spent 14 years in prison and faced the gallows nine times for a crime he says he didn't commit. His story was the basis for the 2002 film Black and White. [2] [3] [4] [5]

Running time - 55 minutes. [5]

Freedom Ride

"Freedom Ride" is about Charles Perkins, one of the first Aboriginal people to graduate from university. He was also the leader of the 1965 freedom rides that challenged apartheid practices in northern NSW. [2] [4] [5] [6]

Running time - 54 minutes. [5]

From Little Things, Big Things Grow

"From Little Things, Big Things Grow" is about the life of Kev Carmody, whose 1989 album Pillars of Society established him as a prominent Australian protest musician. [2] [5] [7]

Running time - 53 minutes. [5]

Jardiwarnpa - A Warlpiri Fire Ceremony

"Jardiwarnpa - A Warlpiri Fire Ceremony" is about the staging of a Warlpiri Fire Ceremony over several weeks and involving hundreds of people at Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. [2] [5] [8]

Running time - 57 minutes. [5]

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