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Black and White Details


Directed by Craig Lahiff, Black and White is a story about bigotry, social injustice, and a real-life murder trial that made Australian headlines in the late '50s. On a December afternoon in 1958, the body of a nine-year-old white girl is discovered in a cave off the coast of Southern Australia. Detective Paul Turner (Roy Billing) quickly arrests a half-aboriginal fair-worker named Max Stuart (David Ngoombujarra), who signs a confession. However, being that Max is illiterate, the legitimacy of the confession is contested by his legal aid representatives, David O'Sullivan (Robert Carlyle) and Helen Devaney (Kerry Fox). Despite the questionable confession, Max is found guilty by the all-white, all-male jury, and sentenced to be hanged. O'Sullivan lodges a series of appeals, but no conclusive evidence of Max's guilt or innocence has been found to this day. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi


Robert Carlyle
as David O'Sullivan
Charles Dance
as Roderic Chamberlain
Kerry Fox
as Helen Devaney
Colin Friels
as Father Tom Dixon
Ben Mendelsohn
as Rupert Murdoch
David Ngoombujarra
as Max Stuart
Roy Billing
as Det. Sgt. Paul Turner
John Gregg
as Rohan Rivett
Bille Brown
as Premier Thomas Playford
Chris Haywood
as Det. Sgt. Karskens
Gary Waddell
as Constable Jones
Heather Mitchell
as Roma Chamberlain
Frank Gallacher
Rhys McConnochie
Vincent Ball
Peter Whitford
Peter Carroll
Penne Hackforth-Jones


Craig Lahiff
Helen Leake
Nik Powell
Louis Nowra
Geoffrey Simpson
Cezary Skubiszewski
Composer (Music Score)
Murray Picknett
Production Designer
Sarah Gilligan
Art Director
Annie Marshall
Costume Designer
Toivo Lember
Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Donaldson
First Assistant Director
Christine King

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