Richard Frankland is a AFI filmmaker, musician, a writer and an extraordinary storyteller. Richard was nominated for Australian of the year in 2011 in particularly for his work with Indigenous Community Groups, including his work on the eradication of Lateral Violence with the Australian Indigenous population, a topic that he will be delving into at Boomerang Festival.
Richard Frankland is a proud Gunditjmara man who worked as a field officer to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. This experience inspired him to write several plays, including No Way to Forget, Who Killed Malcolm Smith and Conversations with the Dead.
Frankland won an AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Short for his short film No Way to Forget. It was the first film by an indigenous director to win an AFI Award. It was broadcast nationally on SBS TV and screened at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival in the category of Un Certain Regard.
Richard also wrote and directed Harry's War, a feature film based on his uncle's role in World War II on the Kokoda Trail. The film was screened at the British War Memorial in London and won Best Short Film at Spike Lee's alternative Oscars for black film-makers in Hollywood. In 2004, his play, Conversations with the Dead, was performed at the United Nations.
Make sure you witness this remarkable man in conversation at Boomerang.