Australian Story - Since Adam Was a Boy (Adam Sutton)
The cowboy has long been romanticised as the ideal image of masculinity – a rough and rugged bushman who loves his beer as much as his woman. But for a young bloke living on the land it's a tough life if you don't fit the mould.
Adam Sutton grew up in Cooranbong, NSW, the son of a Vietnam veteran. He had a turbulent time as a young man, spending six months in jail after a fatal road accident for which he was convicted of culpable driving under the influence of alcohol. Sutton went on to build a reputation as a skilled and respected rodeo rider, horse breaker, riding instructor and trick rider – culminating in a stint as a wrangler for the movie 'Ned Kelly', where he also helped the actors with horsemanship skills. It was here that he met Heath Ledger – and established a unique connection that would resonate later with the release of Ledger's movie 'Brokeback Mountain'.
Adam Sutton's story first came to public attention in a front-page story in the Sydney Morning Herald, which generated a surprisingly large reader response – and changed Adam Sutton’s life in unexpected ways…