Who killed Malcolm Smith? (A)

Australia, 1992

Film
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On December 29, 1982 Malcolm Smith finally killed himself in prison, after a series of attempts at suicide or self-mutilation. Richard Frankland, a commissioner for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody revisits friends and family to find out, not only the specific events, unique to Malcolm’s case, which led to his death, but also the more general issues which apply to all Aboriginals in custody, namely the application of penalties, which are out of all proportion to the crime and the removal of juveniles from their homes.

Credits

co-producers/directors

Caroline Sherwood

Nicholas Adler

production company

Film Australia

Titus Films

Duration

00:50:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1992

Appears in

Constellation

Black documentary and truth telling

Essie Coffey was a trailblazer of Indigenous filmmaking, being the first Aboriginal woman to direct a documentary. The film spotlights the outspoken voice Coffey utilised to convey the realities faced by Aboriginal people and to encourage resistance to assimilation.

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

38155

Language

English

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Civil rights

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Removal

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Youth

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Aboriginal Australian prisoners

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Aboriginal Australian prisoners - Death

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

MPEG-1 Digital File - 2MB Rate; Copy

Collected

24 times

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