Aaron and Vinnie Pedersen are two brothers who have been each others shadow. Aaron, 35, has established a successful career as an actor, all the while being responsible for the care of Vinnie, 34, who has mild intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy.
This responsibility is a big challenge in the absence of professional support. "They just don't write books on this stuff," says Aaron.
The documentary is written by Aaron, who has been the principal carer for Vinnie since early childhood. Aaron frankly recalls the burdens when he remembers nightmares of domestic violence. Life with Vinnie hasn't always been easy, says Aaron, and "sometimes in the heat of the battle you don't see the beauty," he admits.
But the film also celebrates the strength of the bond that the two brothers share and have come to rely on since the death of their grandmother.
My Brother Vinnie is not a story specifically about Indigenous people. It intimately explores a relationship full of humour and charm, the characters will touch you with their wit and honesty as they could in any other relationship.
- Release dates
- May 13th, 2006 - Australia
World premiere at the Indigenous Arts Festival, Sydney.
- G - general
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Other films by Steven McGregor
- 1996Marn Grook
- 2002Cold Turkey
- 2009In a League Of Their Own
- 2010Tales From The Daly: 'Nauiyu Nambiyu'
- 2010Intervention – 2 Years On
- 2011Running to America
- 2012Croker Island Exodus
- 2013Big Name No Blanket
- 2016Servant or Slave
- 2017The Warriors
- 2018Black Comedy (Season 3)
- 2019Blue Water Empire
- 2019Black Comedy (Season 4)
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