(Study Guide) A Fine Body of Gentlemen

The film can be used as an introductory case study for considering Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships in colonial Australia. To many students these relationships are frontier conflict. A viewing and study of this film will deepen students understanding of both the varieties and complexities of contacts, and help them to consider why different reactions and relationships might have existed. However, the film must also be viewed as a representation of this history the particular creation of the filmmaker, and reflecting an interpretation of the event. This raises the question: is it a fair and accurate account of the event?

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