A new documentary about the circumstances surrounding the murder of three Aboriginal children at a Bowraville Aboriginal Mission in 1990-91 is set for release in Nambucca Heads on Friday October 1, depending on current COVID-19 restrictions.
Titled The Bowraville Murders, the production from award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker Allan Clarke, shines a light on a case that has left many in Bowraville disillusioned and angry with the justice system.
Told from a first person point of view by members of the three Aboriginal families who lost their loved ones, the film follows three parallel narrative arcs.
Filmed over a five year period, it follows the families' 30 year journey from a remote Aboriginal Mission all the way to the High Court of Australia, and the work of Gary Jubelin, the highly respected detective who led a 20-year re-investigation of the murders.
A country wide release of The Bowraville Murders began from September 2.
There have already been screenings at cinemas in the Northern Territory, Tasmania, and Western Australia, with more potentially to follow.
Victoria and the ACT have been forced to postpone the premier in their states due to lockdowns, and new dates have not yet been announced.
SBS also plan to air the documentary on Sunday, September 26 at 8:30pm as part of SBS's 'Australia Uncovered' series.
For more information, or to request a virtual screening, or a cinema screening, head over to the documentary's official website at: www.bowravillemurdersfilm.com.au.
If there are any further changes to the premier due to COVID-19 restrictions, the website promises to post updates.
In his directors statement on the Bowraville Murders website, filmmaker Allan Clarke says the documentary might be raw, and painful to watch for some, but hopes it helps highlight the struggles of the three families.
"At times It is raw, and painful to watch, but ultimately their indefatigable spirit and determination to get justice is astonishing," he said.
"This documentary is vital truth-telling and while the truth is ugly and uncomfortable, it is essential.
"Without it we can never right the wrongs of the past nor can we move forward and begin to address the sheer scale of inequity in this country."
This isn't the first time Clarke has investigated old cold cases.
Previously, his six-year investigation into the death of an Aboriginal teenager culminated in the two part podcast Australian Story Blood On The Tracks.