Archie Roach wins an ARIA Award for Charcoal Lane
Archie Roach accepts his ARIA Award for Best New Talent. This footage is an excerpt from an episode of the ABC TV series Blackout (1991) that looked at Archie's life and career.
You can almost hear a pin drop during Archie's acceptance speech. The production team wisely keep the camera focused on him without any distracting cutaways to the audience, which would have lessened the impact of his words.
In this highly significant time in Archie's career, he also won an ARIA for Best Indigenous Release for his album Charcoal Lane (1990) at the same ceremony.
Notes by Beth Taylor and Adam Blackshaw