Basically Black (1973)

A 30 minute comedy skit pilot featuring indigenous Australians.


Nicolas R. Parsons


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Cast overview:
Gary Foley Gary Foley ... Various characters
Bob Maza Bob Maza ... Various characters
Bindi Williams Bindi Williams ... Various characters
Zac Martin Zac Martin ... Various characters
Aileen Corpus Aileen Corpus ... Various characters


In 1973 ABC-TV produced a television version of Basically Black, a revue of comedic, satirical, political sketches and the first formal theatre production of the National Black Theatre. Basically Black was the first all-Aboriginal television show in Australia. The ABC-TV production was a heavily censored and politically 'watered-down' version of the stage production that had been so successful at Sydney's Nimrod Theatre the previous year. One of the characters written into the revue is Lionel Mouse who fights racism as 'Superboong,' a strange visitor from a northern tribe who comes to the city possessing powers far greater than mortal Kooris, faster than a killer boomerang. An incident of racism in a nearby hotel sees Superboong leap into action, but he unfortunately can't do anything, because Aboriginal people are barred from entering hotels; he is forced to go off in search of incidents that he can fight. This ironic treatment of the superhero shows that even superheroes will be ... Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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26 February 1973 (Australia) See more »

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