This clip starts approximately 10 minutes into the documentary.
The clip features an interview with Stephen Albert, actor, and Jimmy Chi, author of the musical play Bran Nue Dae. The interviews are intercut with musical numbers from a theatre production, historical footage and archival photographs.
City of Broome landscape shot, photographi of Jimi’s parents, school yard with nuns. Stephen outside a house.
Narrator The play is drawn from Jimmy’s own story, which also reflects mine and others from Broome. Jimmy was born in 1948 of a Japanese-Chinese father and Aboriginal-Scottish mother. Like most of us, he was educated at a Catholic school by a group of Irish nuns and German priests.
Zoom in of Jimi’s school photograph as a young child. Cuts to a theatre production of Bran Nue Dae With two leads with cast walking onto stage.
Stephen Albert, actor We thought, um, we’d either be pearl divers or whatever, because that was the only job that was going on, or stockmen. Someone like us, like Jimmy and myself, well, we thought we was going to be priests, you know. Because we were that holy back then.
Narrator At the age of 12, everything changed for Jimmy. He was handpicked by the nuns to continue his schooling in Perth, and I followed him two years later. For both of us, it was going to mean a long separation from friends and family.
Cast (singing) I’m tired of dreaming alone, I’m coming home to you.
Jimi Chi is interviewed sitting in a city park. Cuts back to full cast in theatre production of Bran Nue Dae.
Jimmy Chi The play is a parable. It’s a wonderful thing. It says the naked truth is ugly. But when he’s dressed in the fine clothes of the parable, then he becomes acceptable. And Aboriginal people are, you know, not exactly sort of liked or – let’s face it, they’re not liked. And, um, it’s an Aboriginal play. It’s the Aboriginal speciality, saying ‘This is our truth to you. For you guys to look at.’
Cast (singing) I’m coming back, back home to you. I’m coming back, back home to you.
Images of people waiting at a remote airport, panning shot of Catholic school photograph.
Narrator We stayed at Rossmoyne, a Catholic hostel for Aboriginal students run by German priests. The major aim of Rossmoyne was to educate and train Aborigines to be able to get jobs in the wider white society. It all fitted neatly into the government’s assimilation policy at that time.