Film Real: Black Screen, October
Screening: ‘Wrong Side of the Road’
Dir: Ned Lander, 1981, M
Running Time: 80min
Us Mob are a local Adelaide hard rock band. The members of No Fixed Address are more into reggae. But both bands are Aboriginal and, whatever their talent, are treated with suspicion by venue owners, publicans and the cops. Over 48 hours on the road, we find out just how tough life can be for members of both bands – and for all young Aboriginals living in the ‘70s in white society.
Wrong Side of the Road began in the Centre of Aboriginal Studies in Music where Graeme Issacs taught young Adelaide Aboriginals in the late 1970s. Issacs got documentary filmmaker Ned Lander involved, but with the idea that the band members themselves would script a drama that fictionalised their stories. Other white filmmaking professionals came on board to help (such as actor Chris Hayward), but Wrong Side of the Road was one of the first times Indigenous Australians were involved in making a feature film about their experiences – and also brought a new Indigenous sound to the attention of white audiences.
WHEN: Tuesday 14 October 2014
TIME: Doors open 6:30pm for 7pm screening
WHERE: FCAC Basement Theatre
COST: FREE. BOOK HERE.
As part of our Indigenous Cultural Program.
1-2. Stills from ‘Wrong Side of the Road’
FCAC acknowledges the assistance of Black Screen, an initiative of the National Film & Sound Archive