In 1973 ABC-TV produced a television version of Basically Black. This was the first all-Aboriginal television show in Australia. The ABC-TV production was a heavily censored and politically 'watered-down'
version of the stage production that had been so successful at Sydney's Nimrod Theatre the previous year. |
Nevertheless, the TV version was a success, but not enough to make the ABC proceed with a planned series. The show is still occasionally screened late at night, or as a token gesture around National Aborigines Week every few years. Here is a selection of video captures from the TV version.
|The Future in Black and White: Aboriginality in Recent Australian Drama - by Katherine Brisbane|
|"Aborigines to Get Their Own Drama Group" - Melbourne Age 28th July 1972|
|A Passion for Ideas: Black Stage - by Rhoda Roberts|
|"Give Us A Go - Aboriginal Actors Demand a Piece of the TV Acting Cake"|
|"Black Theatre Needed Here" - Adelaide News 21st Jan 1974|
|"New Significance for Oldest Theatre" - Adelaide Advertiser 9th June 1973|
|Review of Basically Black - Margaret Jones Sydney Morning Herald 2nd Nov 1972|
|National Seminar on Aboriginal Arts - New Dawn September 1973|
|"Fighting Stand by Aboriginal Theatre - Melbourne Listener 18th March 1972|
|Dreams of Bindi - Womens Day 1969|
|Program from Nindethana production of The Cherry Pickers - Melbourne 1973|
|Some videoclips from "Basically Black"|