Louis St John

Title:
Louis St John
NFSA ID:
745061
Year:
2007
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons
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This excerpt from the documentary Liyarn Ngarn introduces Louis St John - a young Aboriginal man who was brutally murdered at age 19 by two white youths. Later the murderers admitted that their only motivation was 'because he was black'.  Louis is the subject of Archie's song 'Louis St John' from the 1997 album Looking for Butter Boy.

The documentary features English actor Pete Postlethwaite, Pat Dodson and Archie Roach, who also wrote the soundtrack.

The title means 'a coming together of the spirit' in the Yawuru language of the West Kimberley region in Australia's far north-west. The documentary recounts personal stories of injustices suffered by the Aboriginal people since English settlement.

This segment could almost be considered an example of digital storytelling with its use of still images and voiceover. The story is compelling and emotional and within less than a minute the viewer is hooked and wants to hear the whole thing. It's a fine example of what can be achieved with minimal means.

 

 

Director:
Martin Mhando
Editor:
David Teo
Producers:
Pete Postlethwaite and Pat Dodson
Cast:
Archie Roach, Pete Postlethwaite, Pat Dodson, Bill Johnson