Norm and Ahmed

Australia, 1988

Film
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Twenty years after its creation, Norm and Ahmed, remains a classic in Australian literature. This video of the play features the well-known actor Max Cullen as Norm and Alex Pinder as Ahmed. The action centres on a midnight meeting between Norm, an average Australian, who embodies the ocker image and Ahmed, an urbane Pakistan student. The chance encounter starts off in a friendly enough manner, but beneath Norm’s veneer of mateyness lies a distrust of the unfamiliar and a defensiveness which turns nasty when Norm feels threatened. The themes of racism and prejudice in the play are still pertinent today.

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Credits

co-producer

Tristram Miall

Film Australia

director

Karl McPhee

Duration

00:41:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1988

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

300606

Language

English

Subject categories

Adaptations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Race discrimination

Literature → Australian literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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