It's been 32 years since the seminal film 'Wrong Side of the Road' hit our screens in the early 1980s. Now it's been brought back to life by our National Film and Sound Archive. The film screened on its home ground, Kaurna country at the weekend in the Adelaide Film Festival.
By
Nancia Guivarra

Source:
NITV News
22 Oct 2013 - 6:25 PM  UPDATED 22 Oct 2013 - 11:23 PM

The Wrong Side of the Road is the fictionalised story of the real lives of members of the reggae band No Fixed Address and the hard rock band Us Mob. 

Both formed out of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) in Adelaide,  a launching pad for black musicians set up in the late 1970s. 

By the early 1980s, these experienced musicians were seeking a fan base like every other Australian band.

Members of these bands are now the legendary icons of our contemporary Aboriginal Music scene and were integral to the writing of the film. 

"I believe that there are still issues out there that Aboriginal people face," band member Peter 'Pedro' Butler says.

"And they will be facing [these issues] for a long time. But I think it's a lot easier now for young Aboriginal people to face then when we started off,"

Another key narrative of the film was the story of Les from No Fixed Address, a Stolen Generation child raised by a Christian family searching for his Aboriginal past. 

At its weekend showing, members of Us Mob and No Fixed Address brought memories back to the crowd with their music. 

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