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Wrong Side Of The Road: NFSA Digital Restoration

1h 6m Drama, Music, Indigenous 1981

A compelling and insightful film about rock'n'roll, life on tour and racism in 1980s Australia with Aboriginal bands No Fixed Address and Us Mob.

Wrong Side Of The Road is a documentary-style drama featuring Aboriginal rock-reggae bands No Fixed Address and Us Mob. It follows them gigging from Port Adelaide to Point Pearce in South Australia in the early 1980s. The thread that runs through the film is the story of a young man (played by Les Graham) looking for his mother. The script encompasses the Stolen Generations and was constructed from the life stories of members of the bands, their friends and people at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music. It is an uncompromising documentation of rock and roll, life on tour and racism in Australia.

The NFSA Restores program is the National Film and Sound Archive’s premiere film restoration activity which digitises, restores and preserves, at the highest archival standards, classics and cult films so they can be enjoyed by contemporary and future audiences.


Leslie Graham (Les Stevens) , Veronica Rankine (Vonnie) , Chris Jones (Ricky) , Bart Willoughby (Bart)


Ned Lander


Ned Lander


Graeme Isaac


Ned Lander


Graeme Isaac





Bonus Content

Introduction Wrong Side Of The Road


Curator of the Buwindja Collection, Gillian Moody shares what inspired her to select Wrong Side Of The Road. She invites you to engage, explore, reflect on and Buwindja (remember) these exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and stories. 

In Conversation


Gillian Moody, Curator of Buwindja, sits down with Pauline Clague, filmmaker and Associate Professor, Jumbunna, UTS, as they take a deep dive into the rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling in screen culture. They reflect on how the films in the Buwindja Collection showcase eras of change in filmmaking with fascinating insights into the dramatic shift from stories being told about First Nations peoples to Indigenous filmmakers telling their own stories. As Pauline powerfully states, it is now the case that ’Nothing about us without us’”. 

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