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Black Death (in Custody)

Synopsis

Black Death is an ABC Four Corners investigation into the deaths of John Pat and three other Aboriginal men in police custody in Western Australia.

The program helped crystallise the growing unease about black deaths in custody and precipitated the setting up of a Royal Commission that investigated more than 100 Aboriginal deaths in custody throughout Australia.

At the time of the broadcast Western Australian police rejected the documentary, claiming it was "biased, unfair and untrue reporting" and banned ABC reporters from their briefings. [1]

Details

Cast
David Marr - Reporter
Andrew Olle - Presenter
Release dates
September 1985 - Australia
Awards
1986 Walkley Award: Best TV Current Affairs Report
Rating
PG - Parental guidance
Soundtrack
Nick Wood
Notes

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References

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[1] 'Tele-ology: Studies in Television', John Hartley, Routledge, 2003, p. 61

Harvard citation

Korff, J 2020, Black Death (in Custody), <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/movies/black-death-in-custody>, retrieved 3 July 2020

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