Black and White (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Black and White (2002)




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Directed by Craig Lahiff, Black and White is a story about bigotry, social injustice, and a real-life murder trial that made Australian headlines in the late '50s. On a December afternoon in 1958, the body of a nine-year-old white girl is discovered in a cave off the coast of Southern Australia. Detective Paul Turner (Roy Billing) quickly arrests a half-aboriginal fair-worker named Max Stuart (David Ngoombujarra), who signs a confession. However, being that Max is illiterate, the legitimacy of the confession is contested by his legal aid representatives, David O'Sullivan (Robert Carlyle) and Helen Devaney (Kerry Fox). Despite the questionable confession, Max is found guilty by the all-white, all-male jury, and sentenced to be hanged. O'Sullivan lodges a series of appeals, but no conclusive evidence of Max's guilt or innocence has been found to this day.


Robert Carlyle
as David O'Sullivan
Charles Dance
as Roderic Chamberlain
Kerry Fox
as Helen Devaney
Colin Friels
as Father Tom Dixon
Ben Mendelsohn
as Rupert Murdoch
Roy Billing
as Det. Sgt. Turner
Bille Brown
as Thomas Playford
John Gregg
as Rohan Rivett
Heather Mitchell
as Roma Chamberlain
Garry Waddell
as Constable Jones
Gary Waddell
as Constable Jones
Frank Gallacher
as Justice Reed
Rhys McConnochie
as Justice Abbott
Vincent Ball
as Chief Justice Napier
Chris Haywood
as Karskens
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Critic Reviews for Black and White

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Craig Lahiff 's dark movie promises more than it ultimately delivers.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

finds just the right balance between scenes inside and outside the courtroom, and deftly juggles an unusually large number of characters without ever seeming cluttered.

January 9, 2004 | Full Review…

Some fine performances, but the story lacks focus and spends too much time in the gray area.

May 9, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Unlike the title, life is far from black and white, and this satisfying journey offers us a menu of many of its shades of grey.

October 17, 2002 | Full Review…

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