1988, 41 Minutes
A video of the controversial and critically acclaimed play by Alex Buzo. The action centres on a chance midnight meeting between the ocker Norm and an urbane Pakistani student, Ahmed. The script deals with issues of racism, alienation and prejudice. The tension between Norm's aggressiveness and Ahmed's politeness and reserve escalates into a shocking climax when Norm's bigotry turns to violence.
A sharp, satirical classic from the 1960s, Norm and Ahmed is perhaps even more pertinent today than when it was written.
A Film Australia production.© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Director/Producer: Karl McPhee
Running Time: 41 Minutes
Classification: PG. Adult concepts; occasional coarse language.
Curriculum Links: Stage 6 English (ESL). Of particular relevance for NSW Drama Stage 6 Australian Drama and Theatre: 'Dramatic Traditions in Australia'.
Featured People: Max Cullen (Norm), Alex Pinder (Ahmed)