1996, 15 Minutes
Two Bob Mermaid is about a young Koori girl who "passes for white" at the local swimming pool. Corinne dreams of becoming a swimming star like Esther Williams or Dawn Fraser, but her mother scoffs at the idea. 'Swimming, that's for whitefellas,' she says. The local swimming carnival is coming up and Corinne has entered her name in the competition. She tries hard to ignore the racist comments of her white friends and the fact that her Koori friends are barred from entering the pool, but when a fight breaks out, she can no longer look the other way.
Set in 1957, Two Bob Mermaid is a story about Aboriginal identity during a period of cultural conflict and racial tension.
Director: Darlene Johnson
Running Time: 15 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification