The Bowraville Murders airs Sunday 26 September at 8:30pm on SBS
First look trailer HERE
When three Aboriginal children were murdered in Bowraville in the early 1990’s, a small community was torn apart, but a long fight for justice began….
The Bowraville Murders investigates one of Australia’s most prominent unsolved murder cases – the murder of three Aboriginal children between September 1990 and February 1991. Sixteen-year-olds Colleen Walker-Craig and Clinton Speedy-Duroux and four-year-old Evelyn Greenup vanished from the same street over the five-month period.
The film is an emotional roller-coaster ride spanning 30 years through three parallel narrative arcs – the families’ Herculean battle for justice; the reinvestigation into the murders by homicide detective Gary Jubelin on the trail of the prime suspect; and the wider story of racism that connects the Bowraville murders to the Frontier Wars and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Director Allan Clarke, a Muruwari and Gomeroi man, tracks the cases – from barefaced disregard to public apology, then to reinvestigations and countless days in court.
Director of The Bowraville Murders, Allan Clarke, said: “This documentary is vital truth-telling and while the truth is ugly and uncomfortable, it is essential. Without it we can never right the wrongs of the past nor can we move forward and begin to address the sheer scale of inequity in this country. At times it is raw, and painful to watch, but ultimately their indefatigable spirit and determination to get justice is astonishing.”
As Stan Grant says in the film, “Racism is not a big enough word to describe what happened here.”
The Bowraville Murders is a Jumping Dog Productions and Mint Pictures production for SBS. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW. In partnership with the Documentary Australia Foundation.
The Bowraville Murders will screen at the 68th Sydney Film Festival (3-14 November 2021) as part of the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary strand.
Screeners and images available via SBS Media Centre.
The Bowraville Murders premieres 8:30pm Sunday 26 September on SBS and SBS On Demand. The documentary is part of an 8-part documentary series Australia Uncovered, airing Sunday nights on SBS.
For media requests, please contact:
Hannah Pemberton | 0466 336 207 | Hannah.Pemberton@sbs.com.au
Eva Pitarides | 0403 142 465 | Eva.Pitarides@sbs.com.au