Off Country is a feature documentary that follows the lives of seven young Aboriginal students from all over Australia, as they leave their communities to spend a year at one of the most elite boarding schools in the country, Geelong Grammar.
Every year over 3,000 Aboriginal children receive scholarships to attend private boarding schools around the country. From inside the boarding house, on the sports field and in the classroom Off Country captures the highs and lows of the school year.
Wrestling with their conflicting identities as they move between boarding school life and home life, Off Country creates a historic record of one of Australia’s key Aboriginal education pathways and a complex portrait of what it is to be an Aboriginal child in Australia today.
As the 2020 school year starts, Indigenous students travel thousands of kilometres interstate, leaving their families and home, to attend the prestigious Geelong Grammar School.
As the school year gets underway, Xyz, Chloe and Marlley face personal challenges and must leave boarding school and return home; Jaycee travels home to her Aboriginal Mission in regional Victoria.
Further episodes TBA.
- Release dates
- 7 Jul. 2022 - Australia (SBS on Demand)
- G - general
- Letterbox Films
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