“Fringe Dwellers” (1986) on ABC2 tonight

There’s a chance to see this excellent Australian movie at 9.55 tonight.


It’s of special interest to me as it stars my friend Kristina Nehm.


3 thoughts on ““Fringe Dwellers” (1986) on ABC2 tonight

  1. I would like to be the first to say that Kristina was awesome in this movie. Admittedly, I already liked her because of her disdain for the AGW ‘consensus’ BS. Regardless though, she’s a great actress. Plus, I love her accent.

    Is this one of your ‘aborigines are good, white people are bad’ things? Because if it is, you’re an idiot, Neil. I’ll ‘splain why if you’re interested. But since I think you’re not, I won’t.

  2. How do you know Kristina’s views on AGW? I don’t.

    Bruce Beresford on his movie:

    BRUCE BERESFORD:Where could you have seen The Fringe Dwellers?
    FILM FREAK CENTRAL: Import VHS in the late-’80s–we had a good local video store before it was swallowed whole by Blockbuster.
    BB: (laughs) I didn’t know it was ever available here at all. An all-amateur cast of Aboriginals. Kristina Nehm was amazing–it was tricky because everyone said it couldn’t be done, you see, because every time I said that I was going to do a film with an all-Aboriginal cast–not that they were amateur, but Aboriginal–they said, “Oh, you can’t make a film with Aboriginals, you know, you could get away with one or two maybe, but not a whole cast. They won’t show up, they won’t be reliable, they won’t learn their lines, they’ll shoot for two weeks and disappear,” you know, all this kind of stuff. It was complete prejudice, none of it turned out to be true of course, but that was the kind of thing that you fought against. It was very tricky on top of the climate of misunderstanding. I mean, these guys were from reservations and country towns and the like on top of everything else so they weren’t at all experienced performers.

    FF: That sympathy for aboriginal cultures translates into your handling of the Iroquois in Black Robe.
    BB: I guess it’s of interest to me. When I was twenty-four I went to Nigeria for a few years working as a film editor and it was such a culture shock, growing up in Australia and suddenly being the only white man in this unit full of black men. I developed, I think, an interest and appreciation of cultures that were completely different than mine and from what I was used to. I found them intriguing, to try to work out why people valued different things, how they thought of things in different ways, how environment and culture conditions people. Black Robe, I hope, doesn’t demean the Indians in any way–they were a tough lot, and complicated.

    FF: Does your experience in Nigeria inform what seems to be a recurring character of “the outsider” in your films?
    BB: I suppose it does, maybe unconsciously it did. I was there for a couple of years and there were a couple of other Europeans living in the town I was in, but I didn’t mix with them much. You do, you know, start to see things from a different point of view…

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