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Brenda’s first memories were of growing up in a loving white foster family, before she was suddenly taken away and returned to her Aboriginal family. Decades later, she feels disconnected from both halves of her life. But the traumas of her past do not lie quietly buried. So, she goes searching for the foster family with whom she had lost all contact. Along the way she uncovers long-buried secrets, government lies, and the possibility for deeper connections to family and culture. THE LAST DAUGHTER is a documentary about Brenda’s journey to unearth the truth about her past, and to reconcile the two sides of her family.


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Nathaniel Schmidt  Brenda Matthews
Writer of original material
Brenda Matthews
Simon Williams  Brendon Skinner
Executive Producers
Kyle Slabb  Michael Tear  Taryn Brumfitt
Dir. of Photography
Miles Rowland
James Henry
David Scarborough
Brenda Matthews - Mark Matthews - Mac Ockers - Connie Ockers - Brenda Simon -
Production Completion
History and national identity, Social contemporary
Production Company
Gravity Films Pty Ltd  The Last Daughter Film Pty Ltd
Australian Sales
Bonsai Films Pty Ltd

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