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Richard Frankland - Films

A break during filming Harry's War

Clanging Doors (1991)
Clanging Doors is a short film which Richard wrote and produced. He was the Assistant Director on the film with David Elphick of Palm Beach Pictures. The film highlighted the fact that one in six Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families and that this often leads to a life of recidivism.

Some Talk (1991)
Some Talk is a rock clip which he wrote and produced. The song was written by Richard and performed by his band Djaambi with Angry Anderson.

Who Killed Malcolm Smith? (1992)
Who Killed Malcolm Smith is a film about the Royal Commission Investigations into the death of Malcolm Smith. It was screened on the ABC as part of the True Stories series. Richard was Associate Producer, co-script writer and presenter. Part of his role was to liaise with the families. Won the 1993 Lemac Award from the AFI for best TV Documentary.

Koories & Cops (1992)
This is a film on the relationships both historically and currently of Koories and Police (VIC). Richard conducted a series of interviews with both Police and Koories. This film is now used as a part of Police Training.

Beating About The Bush (1993)
This is a film on Richard's band Djaambi touring the Northern Territory in the Year For Indigenous People 1993. He was the Producer and Script writer. The tour was over a four week period.

Songlines (1993)
This is a film on the Music Industry which Richard co-Directed with John Foss. They jointly wrote, produced and directed this film. The film features Aboriginal music and artists here in Australia further it expresses Industry related problems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers or industry affiliates.

AFI Award

Richard at the AFI awards with his mother Christina
and brother Walter Saunders

When Dreaming Paths Meet (1994)
This is a fifteen minute, Cross Cultural Awareness training film which Richard has written and directed for the Department of Health and Community Services through Film Victoria. The film features a series of vignettes portraying a number of key issues related to Aboriginal culture.

Where The Children Play (1994)
This is a film about contemporary Aboriginal youth, their trials and tribulations as they struggle to survive in urban Australian society. Shot on location in Perth while Richard was a resident film maker for the Film and Television Institute, Fremantle.

Baranjuk - Musk Duck (The Wally Cooper Story) (1995)
This is a thirty four minute, education and promotion video shot on location in North-East Victoria. Richard wrote and directed this film featuring local Yorta Yorta artist WALLY COOPER talking about his culture, connection with the land, art, music and painting.

Bataluk Cultural Trail video (1995)
This is a twenty minute promotional tourism video which Richard wrote and directed for the Bataluk Cultural Trail Management Committee in East Gippsland. The video explores the cultures and history of the Gunai/Kurnai as they travel along the Bataluk Cultural Trail.

Still from No Way To Forget
'No Way To Forget'

No Way To Forget (1996)
Shot on 16mm this is the first drama written and directed by an Aboriginal in the state of Victoria. It is based on Richard's experiences as a Field Officer during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. This film runs for ten minutes and was funded as part of the Australian Film Commissions INDIGENOUS DRAMA INITIATIVE. The film was co-funded by FILM VICTORIA and screened on S.B.S. during July 1996.

In May 1996 NO WAY TO FORGET was screened in the category of UN CERTAIN REGARD at the 49th CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. In May, Richard won the award for Best New Director at the ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL.

In August NO WAY TO FORGET was nominated for a record 4 Australian Film Institute Awards. In November the film won two AFI Awards including Best Short Film. NO WAY TO FORGET is the first film by an Indigenous Director to win an AFI Award.

After Mabo (1997)
Richard was Executive Producer on AFTER MABO, an 84 minute documentary for television which screened on SBS during November 1997 at the height of the Wik legislation debate in Canberra. AFTER MABO explores the changes that the Howard Government's proposed 10 Point Plan would have on the Native Title Act and their impact on Indigenous communities throughout Australia.

Produced for SBS Independent and the Australian Film Commission AFTER MABO won the OPEN CRAFT AWARD for VISUAL DESIGN at the 1998 AFI Awards.

Harry's War (1999)
A twenty seven minute short drama Richard wrote which focuses on the life of a young Aboriginal soldier who leaves Condah Mission to fight for his country in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.

This film is based on the experiences of his Uncle Harry Saunders who fought and died in the beaches of Gona in 1942.

Harry's War

Harry's War


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