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Presented by Deckchair Cinema and Darwin Festival

The Skin of Others is a story of modern Australia, told through the extraordinary life of Aboriginal WWI soldier Douglas Grant.

Grant was extraordinarily famous in his day, an intellectual, a journalist, a soldier, a reader of Shakespeare and a bagpipe player who could put on a fine Scottish accent. His life story connects Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Adolf Hitler and Henry Lawson among other famous figures as he moved from Australia to Europe, UK and back.

Featuring acclaimed Indigenous actor Balang Tom E. Lewis in his final performance (as Douglas Grant) and with guest appearances from Max Cullen and Archie Roach, the film movingly interweaves the lives of Grant and Lewis: two truly remarkable men. Part essay, part detective story, part historical and cultural treatise The Skin of Others is a living, breathing investigation into the human rights activist’s life and a tribute to Lewis, who died while it was being made.

The Skin of Others is also the story of Australia, its violent past and its future potential. It recounts a tragic national history of Australian colonial relations with First Nations people, explores the ways we tell the story of our nation and ultimately dreams of a more reconciled and inclusive Australian future.

Make a night of it and come down before the screening to enjoy live music from Patsy Coleman from 6.30pm.

  • Written, Produced & Directed by Tom Murray
  • Starring Balang Tom E. Lewis

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