2002, 52 Minutes
Performer and writer Leah Purcell talks with five, dynamic Indigenous women about what it means to be Aboriginal in Australia today.
Rosanna Angus is a community warden and cultural tour guide in her traditional Western Australian community of One Arm Point; Tammy Williams, from Gympie, Queensland is a lawyer who aims to be the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Cilla Malone is a mother of six who lives in Cherbourg, an Aboriginal settlement in southeast Queensland; Kathryn Hay, from Tasmania, was the first Aboriginal Miss Australia; and Deborah Mailman is an award-winning actress, born and bred in Mount Isa in Queensland.
In a series of individual interviews and at one lively dinner party, these spirited women share their experiences and opinions with extraordinary candour. Themes of culture, family, racism and denial run through their stories, as does the legacy of past government policies. For years, Indigenous Australians were removed from their traditional lands and forced to assimilate. "Mixed race" children were taken from their families and institutionalised. Now, these women are part of a new generation reclaiming what is rightfully theirs.
Black Chicks Talking is a powerful testament to the ability to build new futures. Often joyful, sometimes harrowing, it is a passionate and challenging exploration of black identity and a celebration of five very different lives.
Produced by Bungabura Productions with the assistance of SBS Independent. Developed with the assistance of the Indigenous Branch, Australian Film Commission. Financed by the Australian Film Finance Corporation.
Producer: Bain Stewart
Director: Leah Purcell; Brendan Fletcher (Co-director)
Running Time: 52 Minutes
Classification: M15+. Consumer advice: Low level coarse language.
Curriculum Links: Aboriginal Studies, SOSE/HSIE, Personal Development, English and Media Studies. The Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority (VCAA) has added the documentary to its English and Literature Text Lists for the VCE.