ERNIE BLACKMORE (1940 - )
Born Leichardt (NSW) 1940 to Aboriginal mother and English father. Technically illiterate until 1968. Itinerent worker and truck driver for most of working life. Attended University of Wollongong and studied writing for theatre and film. First play 'Buckleys Hope' workshopped at ANPC Conference 1999 and presented at US Conference. Currently studying for Masters in creative arts in scriptwriting.
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In 1955, following the death of her husband, young Aboriginal woman Maree Turner reluctantly returns to an Aboriginal mission in the small town of Buckley's Creek. When she meets and marries John Hodgson, a white man, thus breaking the unspoken rules that everyone else lives by, both black and white communities begin to self-destruct. This is not a play about 'victims' but rather a story that looks at the three powerful and destructive dichotomies of otherness - black/white, black/black and white/white.
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