The Skin of Others

Directed by Tom Murray, 2020 Australia 91 minutes
All Ages
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A compelling portrait of an extraordinary figure, Aboriginal WWI soldier Douglas Grant, featuring acclaimed Indigenous actor Balang Tom E. Lewis (in his final performance).

Grant (c.1885-1951) was extraordinarily famous in his day, an intellectual, a journalist, a soldier, a reader of Shakespeare and a bagpipe player who could put on a fine Scottish accent. His life story connects Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Adolf Hitler, and Henry Lawson among other famous figures as he moved from Australia to Europe, UK and back. Lewis’s thoughtful and often playful reflections on Grant’s life, along with guest appearances from Max Cullen and Archie Roach, connect to the larger story of Australia’s tragic colonial history and its troubled relationship with First Australians.  

Tom Murray is a writer, director and producer. His debut Dhakiyarr vs the King (SFF 2004) won a NSW Premier’s History Award. Other films: In My Father’s Country (2008); Love in Our Own Time (2013).  

Program Strand
Documentary Australia Foundation Award,
All Ages
In English and Dyirbal with English subtitles
Premiere Status
World Premiere,
Tom Murray,
Tom Murray,
Tom Murray,
Allan Collins, Kathryn Milliss,
Hilary Balmond,
Biographical, History, Indigenous, Mental Health, Discrimination,
Company Credits
Production Company: Tarpaulin Productions,