Director: Craig Lahiff
Australia, United Kingdom
101 minutes

“Landmark Australian film” (Peter Thompson)

AFF is proud to present the restored version of Black and White. It has never been more relevant, given the current Black Lives Matter movement. It dramatizes the true story of Max Stuart, an Aranda man arrested for the rape and murder of a young girl in 1958. The fight for a fair trial for Stuart became a cause célèbre of politics, power and the media that thrust Rupert Murdoch to early prominence and reverberated throughout South Australia and the nation, a battle that brought lasting changes to our legal system. This 2002 film is the pinnacle of the long collaboration between producer Helen Leake and director Craig Lahiff, and brings together a great cast including Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox and David Ngoombujarra, who carried off an AFI Award for his portrayal of Stuart.

“interestingly ambiguous where another sort of film might have been content with PC certainty… a dark horse of a film" (The Guardian)

“one helluva great yarn for starters” (Urban Cinefile)

“a thoroughly absorbing treat"” (Daily Mirror)

Black and White – Forum Discussion

Join our special guests for a forum discussion after the screening on Saturday 24 October 2:15pm at Palace Nova Eastend.

Former High Court Justice, The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
Producer Helen Leake AM  
Prof. Paula Geldens, Executive Dean, UniSA Justice and Society
Screenwriter Louis Nowra

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Retrospective
Language English
Director Craig Lahiff
Producer Helen Leake, Nik Powell
Screenwriters Louis Nowra
Cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson
Editor Lee Smith
Music Cezary Skubiszewski
Cast Robert Carlyle, David Ngoombujarra, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox
Accolades AFI Award, Best Supporting Actor, David Ngoombujarra; Sydney, Opening Night Film, 2002
Genre Aboriginal/Indigenous, Drama, History, Social Issue