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Richard J Frankland

Richard Joseph Frankland is an Australian poet, playwright, scriptwriter, author and musician. He is an Aboriginal Australian of Gunditjmara origin from South West Victoria. He has completed his Masters of Arts with his Thesis titled “The Art,...

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Richard J Frankland's Biography

Richard Joseph Frankland is an Australian poet, playwright, scriptwriter, author and musician. He is an Aboriginal Australian of Gunditjmara origin from South West Victoria. He has completed his Masters of Arts with his Thesis titled “The Art, Freedom and Responsibility of Voice”.


Richard has worked tirelessly for the Australian Aboriginal cause including his work as a field officer for the Royal Commission into the deaths in custody, his research work with VACCA and the founding of Mirimbiak Nations Aboriginal Corporation (MNAC) who were responsible for representing traditional owners and lodging Native Title claims throughout the state of Victoria. Richard was also instrumental in forming Defenders of Native Title (DONT) which later became Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR).
In 2008 Richard was honoured with the Roz Bower Award (Australia Council) for his innovative leadership and significant artistic contributions, which have focused on reconciliation and social justice. Richard has been nominated 3 times for Australian of the Year.
Richard Frankland is a multi awarded film maker with awards from both domestic and international film festivals. Some of Richard’s productions are:
• Who Killed Malcolm Smith (1993)
• No Way to Forget (1996)
• Harry's War (1999)
• Stone Bros. (2009)

Richard Frankland has recorded and released 5 albums, the 3 latest albums have been with his band The Charcoal Club.
• Down Three Waterholes Road - Larrikin (1997)
• Dingo's Brekky Richard Frankland and the New Senate - Blackhorn Productions (2000)
• The Charcoal Club: Meeting One The Charcoal Club - Taram Records (2002)
• Cry Freedom: Meeting Two The Charcoal Club - Taram Records (2005)
• Hearts Full of Rust : Taram Records 2010

In 2002 Richard wrote and directed the play Conversations With the Dead which was staged at La Mama and the Playbox Theatre speakers in Melbourne. In 2004 Conversations With The Dead was staged as a workshop at the United Nations Building in New York with Aaron Pederson playing the lead.
In 2004 Richard wrote and performed in a stage show titled ‘The Charcoal Club’, a play based around his music/ poetry and visual images of interviews conducted with Germaine Greer, Marcia Langton and others discussing Indigenous issues in Australia. This play was staged in the Famous Spiegeltent by Chamber Made Opera for the MELBOURNE FESTIVAL.
In 2005 Richard Frankland adapted and directed Jane Harrison’s interpretation of the Nicholas Roeg film Walkabout for ACMI and Chambermade Opera at ACMI for a two week season. This challenging interpretation featured video screens, video cameras and multi media.
During 2005 and 2006 Richard directed 2 plays written and performed by Indigenous inmates at HM Barwon Prison, Lara. These plays have had a profound impact on the inmates and the prison community with a significant reduction in ‘incidents and reports’ amongst participants. It is interesting to note that re-offending rates amongst participants have also decreased significantly.
In 2007 Richard completed writing his debut novel, a koorie drama titled DIGGER J. JONES. This book tells the story of a young Koorie boy growing up in 1967, the year of the referendum that gave Aboriginal people the right to vote. DIGGER was released nationally by Scholastic Press in April 2007. In June 2007 Richard was invited to speak about DIGGER at the SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL.