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Richard Frankland Richard Frankland i(A34866 works by) (a.k.a. Richard J. Frankland)
Born: Established: 1963 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal Kilkurt Gilga ; Aboriginal Gunditjmara ; Aboriginal
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Richard Frankland is one of Australia's most experienced Indigenous singer/songwriters and filmmakers. Born on the coast in South-West Victoria, Richard worked as a soldier, fisherman, and also as a Field Officer during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. His work on the Royal Commission led to his appearance as a presenter in the award winning Australian documentary, Who Killed Malcolm Smith.

Frankland has written, directed, and produced a wide range of video, documentary, and film projects including the award winning No Way to Forget, After Mabo, Harry's War and The Convincing Ground documentary. Richard is also a musician whose music features on soundtracks to many of his films and some of his songs have been recorded by acclaimed Indigenous singer/songwriter Archie Roach.

He was also selected as part of a group in 2007 to participate in a project by the Australian Film Commission (AFC) that was designed to nurture and assist the talents of upcoming Indigenous filmmakers. The project was designed to give the chosen individuals the opportunity to develop their first feature film with the assistance of respected directors and producers such as Phillip Noyce, Zachary Skiar and Ray Lawrence.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Stone Bros ( dir. Richard Frankland ) Australia : Golden Seahorse Productions , 2009 Z1595198 2009 single work film/TV humour

'Eddie and Charlie are two cousins trying to deliver a special rock home to their Uncle. They pre-roll 187 joints for the long drive home, pick up an Aboriginal transvestite, go to an explosive wedding, pick up an Italian rock god who has some issues, get chased by a possessed dog, piss off a woman of magic, get locked up, have an old car, they meet a redneck, get covered in chocolate sauce, chased by an angry spider and they are black.

'There is only one real question you really need to ask yourself... Would you get in the car with them???'

Source: Golden Seahorse Productions website,

Sighted: 02/06/2009

2010 nominated Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Film of the Year
y separately published work icon Digger J. Jones Digger J. Jones : Holy Snappin' Duckpoo! : My Diary Lindfield : Scholastic Press Scholastic Press , 2007 Z1363824 2007 single work novel young adult (taught in 4 units)

'Digger is keeping a diary about the things that matter to him: piffing yonnies at the meatworks, fishing with his cousins, and brawling with the school bully. But it's 1967, and bigger things keep getting in the way. Digger is finding out who he is, what he believes, and what's worth fighting for.' (Source: Goodreads website)

2007 nominated Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Outstanding Achievement in Literature Outstanding Achievement in Literature
Conversations with the Dead 2002 single work drama (taught in 2 units)
— Appears in: Blak Inside : 6 Indigenous Plays from Victoria 2002; (p. 215-287)

'Jack, a young, ambitious Koorie is juggling the contradictions of working in both black and white worlds. How does he stay true to his cultural responsibilities whilst the justice system he works for fails to understand the pain and rage of his people?

'Conversations with the Dead is Richard Frankland’s response to being an investigator during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1987-1991).'

Source: Arts Centre Melbourne (2019 production).

2002 runner-up Australian Centre Literary Awards The Kate Challis RAKA Award
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