Backroads

Australia, 1977

Film
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The story of two men on the run from the police in outback NSW, Backroads was the first feature film in which First Peoples made a major creative contribution, other than fine acting. The dialogue between the two main characters elevates the film into an angry polemical statement about white responsibility for the poverty and destitution of Indigenous people. Essie Coffey, playing herself, talks about her people’s struggle for land rights.

Also stars Gary Foley, Bill Hunter and Julie McGregor and features photography by Russell Boyd.

Credits

producer/director

Phil Noyce

production company

Backroads Productions

Language

English

Duration

00:57:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36368

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Land tenure

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Police films

Drama

Drama → Road movies

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Social conditions

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

History → History

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Appears in

Constellation

Black Power through film and TV

The Black Power movement of the late 1960s and early 70s was “the most exciting and dynamic era in modern Indigenous history” according to Aboriginal activist Professor Gary Foley, who gained widespread attention for protests during the time and later leveraged film and TV to fight for Indigenous rights.

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