National Interest

Date(s) - 14 Jul 2011
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

  • Captioned Performance: Saturday, 14 July at 4pm

    ‘Balibo is a word and an issue that just won’t go away’ – The Sydney Morning Herald
    ‘[Blake is] an actor of rare grace and authority’ – Herald Sun

    For Mrs Stewart, a Coronial Inquiry seems too little, too late. In 1975, her son Tony Stewart was a young sound recordist for an Australian news crew in Balibo, East Timor. His murder, with those of his colleagues, at the hands of the Indonesian military had been officially covered up, but everyone knows the truth. The truth is already out there. What’s the point of an inquiry now when memories are fading?

    Justice denied. The fate of the Balibo Five shocked a nation in 1975 and the issues still reverberate today. This drama, commissioned by Perth’s Black Swan State Theatre Company, personalises the headlines with a story of an ordinary family haunted by history. Writer Aidan Fennessy has a personal connection with this story which will enrich his direction of Julia Blake.

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    Photography by Marcel Aucar


A co-production with Black Swan
State Theatre Company

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