PRISON SONGS CONVEYS THE
BRUTAL REALITY OF PRISON
LIFE WITH A PLAYFULNESS NOT
USUALLY PERMITTED IN
PRISON STORIES


SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

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WE CAN CHANGE THE RECORD

IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY 98% OF JUVENILES BEHIND BARS ARE INDIGENOUS

INDIGENOUS
IMPRISONMENT

Since 2004, Australia’s prison population has increased by 88%.

PRISON
POPULATION

27% of Australia’s prison population are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

JUVENILE
DETENTION

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are 24X more likely to be in detention

DEATHS IN
CUSTODY

Over the last 5 years, Indigenous deaths in custody have increased to 1 in 5 (approximately 24%).

From award-winning director Kelrick Martin comes Prison Songs, a ground-breaking documentary that gives voice to these normally overlooked Australians in the most extraordinary way – through song.

This is  a soaring  denial  of  the  premise  that  a  worthy documentary  is  doomed  to  be dull  and  dispiriting  viewing.  The inmates  of  Darwin’s  Berrimah  prison  are  anything but  dull,  and Prison  Songs  throws  a  penetrating  new  light  on  the  lives  of prisoners  by casting  them  in  Australia’s  first  documentary musical.


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Prison Songs acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country in Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to Elders, both past and present. We acknowledge the importance of the continuing role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people play in Australian society.