Richard Frankland

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Richard Frankland is a writer/director and proud Gunditjmara Man who lives on country in south-west Victoria.

Frankland was an Investigator for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody from 1987-91, which led to his becoming presenter on the award-winning documentary WHO KILLED MALCOLM SMITH in 1992.

His work on the Royal Commission also inspired his 2002 play CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD, which was performed at Becket Theatre and Yirra Yaakin Theatre that year, both times directed by Frankland, and went on to be performed at the United Nations in New York in 2004.

Frankland has written, directed and produced over fifty documentary and film projects, including NO WAY TO FORGET in 1996, AFTER MABO IN 1997 and HARRY’S WAR in 1999, which was broadcast nationally on SBS and ABC TV.

His other roles include Fisherman, Musician, Author, Writer for Live Theatre, Screen Writer, Director of Stage and Screen, Theatrical Producer, CEO, Keynote Speaker for Theatrical Institutions, Workshop Facilitator and Key Note Speaker in Indigenous Issues including Lateral Violence, Cultural Safety, Community Capacity Building and Associate Dean, Associate Professor and most importantly, Family Man.

Despite leaving school at the age of 13, Richard has notched up many academic achievements. In 2007 he completed his Master of Arts at RMIT University with a thesis entitled ‘The Art, Freedom and Responsibility of Voice’  Richard is a current Candidate for a Higher Doctorate Degree in Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Melbourne based around a dissertation on his life’s achievements and contributions towards Indigenous Australian’s cultural and community foundations.

Richard’s lifelong work has been to facilitate the voice of Indigenous Australians via his many public personas. Richard constantly reminds people that: “We are not a problem people, we are people with a problem and that problem was colonisation”.