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The Screen Guide

Charles Perkins grew up in Alice Springs where segregation was the rule. Sent away to Adelaide for an education, he became increasingly aware of the injustices perpetrated against Australian Aborigines. In 1965, the first Aborigine to attend university, he instigated the 'freedom ride' - a bus load of concerned people, mostly students, who visited outback Australia, notably Walgett and Moree, to escalate the level of public awareness of racial intolerance in Australia. This video documents that journey and talks to those who took part.

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Rachel Perkins
Ned Lander  Rachel Perkins

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity
Production Company
City Pictures Pty Ltd


International Sales
Screen Australia

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • EthnoFilmfest Berlin
  • Basically Black Film Festival