eCite Digital Repository

The primitive, the sacred and the stoned in Richard J. Frankland's Stone Bros


Marsh, P, The primitive, the sacred and the stoned in Richard J. Frankland's Stone Bros, Studies in Australasian Cinema, 6, (1) pp. 29-43. ISSN 1750-3175 (2012) [Refereed Article]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2012 Intellect Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1386/sac.6.1.29_1


This article reads Richard J. Frankland's Stone Bros. (2009) as a critique of romanticized notions of primitive Aboriginal spirituality. Through the unlikely arena of popular cinema, this irreverent stoner comedy draws viewer attention to the persistence of notions of repressive authenticity, with particular reference to elements of Aboriginal spirituality. I examine the film's parodic treatment of two central motifs: the 'important' stones belonging to the two main characters - Aboriginal cousins Eddie (Luke Carroll) and Charlie (Leon Burchill) - and Eddie's light skin colour. Stone Bros. insists that anachronistic ideals of Aboriginality continue to hold currency for both indigenous and non-indigenous people in contemporary Australia. In raising potentially uncomfortable issues for black and white Australians through popular cinema Stone Bros. draws to viewers' attention the potentially negative impacts of misplaced romanticisms on the nation's reconciliation process. At the launch of Stone Bros. in 2009 director Richard J. Frankland overheard an audience member say that the film 'will do more for reconciliation than any "bloody politician"' (Frankland 2009a). A stoner comedy and road movie combined, Stone Bros. is a celebration of unsophisticated adolescent, slapstick and drug-crazed humour. Two young Aboriginal men, Eddie (Luke Carroll).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:indigenous film, reconciliation, reconciliation cinema, Australian cinema, indigenous spirituality, Stone Bros.
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Cinema studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
ID Code:85053
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Riawunna
Deposited On:2013-06-12
Last Modified:2018-03-13

Repository Staff Only: item control page