Crismani and his mother Barbara embark on a search to unravel the mystery surrounding her father Joe Murray. Joe was an Aboriginal boxer and vaudevillian who was also known as ‘The Black Panther’ in the boxing ring. He never revealed where he came from and the family feel that now is the time to find out.
Together, mother and son journey across the land to libraries, and meet with researchers and Aboriginal elders with the hope of shedding light on Joe’s life and discovering their connections. This is a personal story about courage and the talents of a famous lightweight boxer and vaudevillian who is unknown by history. It is also a story of the impact that race relations have upon a family through two generations.
The Panther Within is airing tonight on NITV at 8pm.