Comedy Short Form Drama Scripted

Wrong Kind of Black

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Finished Programme
4 x 13-22' & 1 x 60'
ABC, Australia
Princess Pictures
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From the cops and the crocs of 1960’s Palm Island to the blood-spattered dance floors of 1970’s Melbourne nightclubs, Wrong Kind of Black is the personal story of Boori Monty Pryor and his brother Paul. This award-winning comedy-drama brings a rare perspective to a tumultuous era in Australia’s history, that resonates just as strongly today.

At the height of the ‘70s disco inferno, Monty is Melbourne’s hottest DJ.  Dubbed ‘The Black Superman’, Monty spins tunes at the Albion Charles hotel where he and his younger brother Paul rub shoulders with a motley crew of Russian mobsters and Aussie yobbos alike. The ‘fro and the flares seem like worlds away from his childhood on remote Palm Island – but beneath the surface, not much has changed. Aboriginal culture is still not welcome in white society, and the price of its preservation can be deadly. As tensions escalate and trouble keeps finding the two brothers, Monty decides that enough is enough and takes his future into his own hands. 

Although The Wrong Kind of Black takes us back to the 1960’s and 1970’s, this personal account is as much the story of indigenous Australia today as it was back then. It is a story of extremes – heartbreak and triumph, unconditional love and blind hatred, innocence and wisdom, black and white – told with great humour and an enduring sense of hope.