AUSTRALIAN RULES (Off the Record with Phillip Gwynne)
Phillip Gwynne is the author of over thirty books including the YA classic Deadly Unna, which he adapted into the feature film Australian Rules. Set in rural South Australia, this is a coming-of-age story of a fifteen year old boy who learns to stand up to his oppressive father by questioning the insidious racism of the town he lives in. The film - but crucially, not the novel - became the subject of a vitriolic and punishing media campaign which by any measure harmed the film’s release; it became too hot for cinemas to handle. The film, and its makers, were vilified as racist and the autobiographical nature of the story was given short shrift - a storyteller was told that he had no right to tell his own history. Phillip Gwynne will present the film and be pleased, some 14 years on, to tell the story of what really happened. He will take a Q&A after the screening.