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This is the true story of Malcolm Charles Smith who, like many Aboriginal people, was taken from his family as a child and died a shocking and early death after a life of institutionalisation and deprivation. In this documentary Richard Frankland, who helped investigate his death for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, revisits Smith's friends and family who tell the story of Malcolm's life and death.

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Nicholas Adler  Caroline Sherwood
Caroline Sherwood  Richard Frankland
Sharon Connolly
Executive Producers
Ron Saunders
Dir. of Photography
Nicholas Adler


Richard Franklin (narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity
Production Company
Film Australia Limited  Titus Films Pty Ltd

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Basically Black Film Festival
  • Aboriginality - Berlin