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Mr Electric

Synopsis

Mr Electric is set in outback Queensland in 1956, in a time when people still used kerosene lamps for light.

Bill, an Aboriginal electrician employed to electrify the countryside, has no place, either in the white world in which he grew up, or in the Aboriginal world from which he was taken.

He returns to his home town to make peace with the racist, white-trash family who fostered him as a child and finds that his childhood sweetheart, who is also his foster sister, has married his best friend.

Something has happened in the past which no-one can forget. Bill offers to wire up their house and, in the process, wires up their relationship.

This triangle is both symbolic of 'white Australia's black history' and the representation of a real emotional dilemma.

Details

Cast
Ernie Dingo - Bill
Leverne McDonnell
Daryl Pellizzer
Release dates
1993 - Australia
Awards
OCIC Award - Melbourne International Film Festival 1993
Rating
PG - Parental guidance

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Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, Mr Electric, <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/movies/mr-electric>, retrieved 20 February 2019

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