Stone Bros.

Last updated

Stone Bros.
Stone Bros.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Frankland
Produced byRoss Hutchens
Colin South
Written byRichard Frankland
William Bainbridge
Starring Luke Carroll
Leon Burchill
Valentino del Toro
Peter Phelps
Music by Shane O'Mara
CinematographyJoseph Pickering
Edited byMeredith Watson Jeffery
Release date
24 September 2009 (2009-09-24)
Running time
90 minutes
Box office$99,032

Stone Bros. (alternatively titled Stoned Bros) is a 2009 Aboriginal Australian stoner comedy film directed by Richard Frankland. [1] It was theatrically released in Australia on 24 September 2009.



Eddie (Carroll) is working as a cleaner in a museum in Perth, Western Australia, but loses his job because of an accident that sees a series of cardboard cutout images of Australia's Prime Ministers fall down in a domino effect, resulting in an image of John Howard landing on and killing his boss's cat.

When his cousin Charlie (Burchill) trades away Eddie's favourite jacket, he unwittingly loses a sacred stone, entrusted to Eddie by his uncle, which he promised to one day return to its home in Kalgoorlie. This is the final straw, as far as Eddie is concerned, and he sets off to recover the stone and reconnect with his aboriginal roots. Charlie, escaping the wrath of his vengeful girlfriend, forces himself along for the ride, and Eddie's spiritual journey takes a very sharp turn off-track.

Along the way, they pick up what Charlie mistakes for a "hot chick" only to find they are landed with Vinnie (del Torro), a self-described Italian rock star. Soon after they are joined by Eddie and Charlie's transgender cousin Regina (Page), who dreams of making it big on the Koori edition of Australian Idol , [2] and a confused European Australian cop (Phelps) who dreams of going walkabout. [3] [4]



The film is widely regarded as the first feature length Aboriginal Australian comedy film. When asked why there were so few Aboriginal comedies, director Richard Frankland stated that:

Essentially we’ve been in a situation where in the early 1990s there were some 10,000 hours of film footage with Aboriginal content or subject matter, and over 90 per cent of that was written, directed and produced by non-indigenous people. So Wal Saunders began the Australian Film Commission's Indigenous Branch in 1993, with the support of Cathy Robinson who was the then CEO. And it went through the roof. That was the renaissance in my opinion of indigenous filmmaking. There have been individuals before who’ve stepped out, but all of a sudden both Warwick Thornton and I did that first [mentored] program, Sand to Celluloid, and now here we are doing feature films. So I think both Cathy and Wal deserve to be commended for what they did. It was absolutely courageous and so needed. It essentially changed the cultural landscape of Australia.

Richard Frankland [5]

Box office

The film was released in Australian cinemas on 24 September 2009 and grossed $24,992 on its opening week in the Australia cinemas. The film ultimately grossed $99,032, making it the 235th highest-grossing film in Australia for 2009. [6]

Director Richard Frankland had originally hoped that teenagers would form a large part of the viewing audience for Stone Bros., however the film received an MA15+ rating, preventing this age group from seeing it at the cinema. This rating was supposedly given due to a deleted scene that involved marijuana buds being cut from a plant. [7]

Stone Bros is certainly not about cultivating drugs or enticing people to use drugs. The drugs in it are a comedic device for the most part but they're also a teaching tool. This film is coming from a marginalised group in society, where there's a high suicide rate that can be attributed directly to drug use, low self-esteem and alcohol abuse. We know that this film if utilised properly can assist a lot of people in stepping out of those areas.

Richard Frankland, Sydney Morning Herald . [7]


  1. "The Opening" – Shane O'Mara
  2. "Used to Get High" – John Butler Trio
  3. "Warriors for Life" – Tjimba and the Yung Warriors
  4. "Foxtrot" – Shane O'Mara
  5. "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" – Kay Starr
  6. "Pardon My Passion" – Mary G
  7. "Triumph" – Shane O'Mara
  8. "Dark Wind" – Richard Frankland
  9. "Look for Me" – The Charcoal Club
  10. "Moonstruck" – Sara Storer
  11. "Lonely Guy" – Shane O'Mara
  12. "Lets Pretend" – Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
  13. "Thou Shalt Not Steal" – John Butler Trio
  14. "Banjo Boogie" – Shane O'Mara
  15. "Asunder" – The Charcoal Club
  16. "Last Tear" – The Charcoal Club

See also

Related Research Articles

Adam Goodes Australian rules footballer

Adam Roy Goodes is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL). Goodes holds an elite place in VFL/AFL history as a dual Brownlow Medallist, dual premiership player, four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and representative of Australia in the International Rules Series. In addition, he has held the record for the most VFL/AFL games played by an Indigenous player, surpassing Andrew McLeod's record of 340 during the 2014 AFL season before having his own record surpassed by Shaun Burgoyne during the 2019 AFL season.

Charles Perkins (Aboriginal activist) Australian Aboriginal activist and football player, coach and administrator

Charles Nelson Perkins AO, commonly known as Charlie Perkins, was an Australian Aboriginal activist, soccer player and administrator. He was the first Indigenous Australian man to graduate tertiary education, and is known for his instigation and organisation of the 1965 Freedom Ride and his key role in advocating for a "yes" vote in the Australian referendum, 1967 (Aboriginals). He had a long career as a public servant.

Archie Roach

Archibald William Roach is an Aboriginal Australian musician. He is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, as well as a campaigner for the rights of Indigenous Australians.

Patricia June O'Shane is a retired Australian teacher, barrister, public servant, jurist, and Aboriginal activist. She was Australia's first Aboriginal magistrate, serving the Local Court in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia between 1986 until her retirement in 2013.

Peter Phelps Australian actor

Peter Phelps is an Australian actor, singer and writer. He is notable for his role as Peter Church in the television drama Stingers, and as Trevor Cole in Baywatch. Phelps has appeared in feature films including Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, and Blackwater Trail with Judd Nelson. He is the brother of Professor Kerryn Phelps.

<i>The Proposition</i> (2005 film)

The Proposition is a 2005 Australian Western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by screenwriter and musician Nick Cave. It stars Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, John Hurt, Danny Huston and David Wenham. The film's production completed in 2004 and was followed by a wide 2005 release in Australia and a 2006 theatrical run in the U.S. through First Look Pictures. The film was shot on location in Winton, Queensland.

<i>Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay</i> 2008 American stoner comedy film

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is a 2008 American stoner film, and the second installment of the Harold & Kumar series. The film was written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

<i>The Last Wave</i>

The Last Wave is a 1977 Australian mystery drama film directed by Peter Weir. It is about a white solicitor in Sydney whose seemingly normal life is disrupted after he takes on a murder case and discovers that he shares a strange, mystical connection with the small group of local Aboriginal people accused of the crime.

Richard Frankland Indigenous Australian playwright and musician

Richard Joseph Frankland is an Australian playwright, scriptwriter and musician. He is an Aboriginal Australian of Gunditjmara origin from Victoria. He has worked significantly for the Aboriginal Australian cause.

<i>Footy Legends</i>

Footy Legends is a 2006 Australian film, directed and co-written by Khoa Do, produced by Megan McMurchy, starring Khoa's older brother Anh Do, Angus Sampson, Emma Lung and Claudia Karvan. It was filmed in and around Sydney, Australia, mostly in the western suburbs. Footy Legends was released in Australia on 3 August 2006.

Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins is an Australian film and television director, producer, and screenwriter. She is known for her films Radiance (1998), One Night the Moon (2001), Bran Nue Dae (2010), and Jasper Jones (2017). Perkins is an Arrernte and Kalkadoon woman from Central Australia, who was raised in Canberra by Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins and his wife Eileen.

No Way to Forget is an Australian short film. It is written and directed by Richard Frankland, produced by John Foss and stars David Ngoombujarra in the lead role as SHANE FRANCIS. It is the first film by an indigenous director to win an AFI Award. It was broadcast nationally on SBS TV. It screened at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival in the category of Un Certain Regard.

Jack Charles (actor)

Jack Charles is an Australian actor, musician, potter, and Aboriginal elder. His screen credits include the landmark Australian film The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), Bedevil (1993), Blackfellas (1993), Tom White (2004) and Pan (2015), among others.

Leah Flanagan

Leah Flanagan is a singer-songwriter from Darwin, Northern Territory, currently based in Sydney. Leah has released two albums and has toured extensively through Australia with her music and as part of festival ensembles. She has also appeared on the Australian TV shows Spicks & Specks, Faboriginal and RocKwiz.

The 2010 Deadly Awards were hosted by Luke Carroll and Naomi Wenitong at the Sydney Opera House on 27 September 2010. Performers included Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Christine Anu, Frank Yamma, Ali Mills and the Bangarra Dance Theatre. The Awards program will be broadcast on SBS and SBS Two on 3 and 6 October respectively. The awards event was an annual celebration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community.

<i>Redfern Now</i>

Redfern Now is an Australian drama television series, that first aired on ABC1 in 2012. The program follows the lives of 6 Aboriginal Australian families living in the urban hub of Redfern, Sydney. The series provides insight into contemporary issues facing Aboriginal Australians, including lack of employment and mental illness, which are positioned as direct ramifications of colonialisation and the Stolen Generations. Produced by Blackfella Films as part of the ABC’s Indigenous Department, the show is the first series to be ‘commissioned, written, acted and produced by Indigenous Australians’. The series’ release contributes to widespread public debate surrounding Indigenous representation in the Australian media.

Sarah Lawrence (actress)

Sarah Rachael Olivia Lawrence is an Australian model, comedian and TV personality. She is best known for her role in the Australian feature film Stone Bros.

Leon Burchill is an Australian actor. He played Charlie in Stone Bros., Frankie in Redfern Now and Benny in Wyrmwood.

Shane O'Mara is an Australian musician and record producer.


  1. Schembri, Jim (24 September 2009). "Stone Bros". The Age . Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  2. Hall, Sandra (24 September 2009). "Stone Bros". The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  3. Wotzke, Anders (20 September 2009). "Stone Bros. (review)". Cut Print Review. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  4. Mathieson, Craig (23 September 2009). "Stone Bros". SBS . Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  5. Obenson, Tambay (15 April 2013). "Australia's 1st Aboriginal Comedy Feature Film - 'Stone Bros' - Now on iTunes For US Audiences". Indiewire. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  6. "Australian Box Office – 2009 Totals". Movie Marshall. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  7. 1 2 Maddox, Gary (17 August 2009). "A pro-drugs movie? Get off the grass, says director". The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 20 December 2014.