Norfolk Island is five miles long by three miles wide; or as some would say of this close-knit community, five minutes long and three minutes wide when it comes to gossip. As one of Australia’s most remote external territories, and with a local population descended from the legendary Bounty mutineers, it’s no surprise they have their own way of doing things. With their own language, a blend of old seafaring English and Tahitian, and their own hidden culture, many don’t see themselves as Australian – that it says so on their passport is merely ‘a technicality’. But recent hard times have forced the island to reach out to Australia for help, and with mainland help comes mainland rules. A modern day mutiny is brewing offshore.
A Modern Mutiny, the second documentary in three-part series Untold Australia, aired 20 April on SBS.