Zac Martin in a superhero costume being held up by a wire in a still from 'Basically Black' (1973)
Zac Martin in Basically Black (1972)

ACMI presents

Basically Black

Nicolas R. Parsons | Australia | 1973 | PG

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Tue 7 Dec 2021

6pm (AEDT)

Join Gary Foley, Bindi Williams and Rachael Maza for a yarn about this groundbreaking sketch show.

Basically Black first appeared on Australian screens in 1973. Despite being well received for its biting satire and commentary, it didn’t air beyond its premiere. In 2021, the show marks an important turning point in Australian screen culture – one where Aboriginal people picked up the camera and took control of our narratives. Gary Foley, Bindi Williams and Rachael Maza come together to yarn about the creation of this iconic comedy show, and discuss the censorship of our stories and Basically Black's ongoing influence.

Format: Digital
Language: English
Runtime: 30 minutes

Event duration

30 mins



Where and How

Swinburne Studio, Level 1
ACMI, Fed Square

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