Backroads tells the story of an aimless white drifter, Bill, who has a chance encounter with Aboriginal man Gary. They steal a car, petrol and supplies as they need them.
As they travel they pick up another Aboriginal man on the run from an unsuccessful marriage and the bored white wife of a service station owner. A French backpacker joins them for a short while.
Always on the run from police, boredom and guns turn into a deadly combination.
Backroads is a raw movie packed with powerful political content in the dialogues between Bill and Gary. You learn a lot about Aboriginal culture and white concepts as you travel with the movie's characters.
However, Backroads is sometimes too lengthy. It might go well with the aimlessness of the main characters, but might as well be a result of Backroads being the first feature film of director Phillip Noyce.
- Gary Foley - Aboriginal man
Bill Hunter - white drifter
- Release dates
- 1977 - Australia
- Video/DVD release date
- 25 August 2004
- MA 15+ - Mature accompanied
- Scala Productions
- Robert Murphy
Gary Foley is a prominent Australian Aboriginal activist.
Rabbit Proof Fence is another film by Phillip Noyce.
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