Green Bush

A man looks at himself in the mirror
Green Bush
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons

Every night, Aboriginal radio announcer and DJ Kenny hosts the Green Bush show for Aboriginal communities. Isolated at the station, he takes requests for music, while at the same time coping with the pressure of the community around him.

Based on his own experiences as a radio DJ in Alice Springs in central Australia, Warwick Thornton (later director of the award-winning feature Samson and Delilah) made an international impact with this graceful and powerful short drama.

At one level, the film explores the role of the media in Aboriginal communities – where the radio station serves as both a physical gathering place as well as providing a musical and verbal bond that connects disparate segments of the community.

But through the story of Kenny, played by David Page, the film also comments quietly and effectively on concepts of manhood, leadership and community responsibility.