Richard J Frankland

Richard J. Frankland MA is one of Australia’s most experienced Aboriginal singer/songwriters, authors and film makers.

Born in Melbourne, but raised mostly on the coast in south-west Victoria, Richard is a proud Gunditjmara man who has worked as a Soldier, Fisherman, and Field Officer during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

His work with the Royal Commission led to his appearance as presenter in the award winning Australian documentary WHO KILLED MALCOLM SMITH?

Richard has written, directed and produced over fifty video, documentary and film projects including the award winning NO WAY TO FORGET, AFTER MABO, HARRY’S WAR and THE CONVINCING GROUND documentaries.

Richard is also an acclaimed musician whose music features on the soundtracks to many of his films. In 1991 his first band DJAAMBI supported PRINCE on his Australian Tour.

In 2000 Richard formed THE CHARCOAL CLUB with Andy Baylor and recorded their debut CD titled MEETING ONE. In 2006 The CHARCOAL CLUB released their acclaimed second CD titled CRY FREEDOM followed by HEARTS FULL OF RUST in 2010.

Richard has also written for and performed on stage. In 2002 he wrote and directed the award winning play CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD. In 2005 he adapted the Australian cinema classic WALKABOUT to the stage for Chamber Made Opera.

2006 saw Richard directing episodes of the highly acclaimed award winning SBS Indigenous drama series THE CIRCUIT in Broome and episodes of the Channel Nine/Disney children’s series, DOUBLE TROUBLE, in Sydney.

In 2007 Richard completed his Masters of Arts at RMIT University on THE ART, FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY OF VOICE. And that year saw the release of Richard’s first book titled DIGGER J. JONES.

In 2009 Richard wrote and directed his debut feature film, titled STONE BROS starring Luke Carroll and Leon Burchill.

In 2010 and 2011 Richard focussed on his work with VACCA, co writing FOREVER BUSINESS, a publication about restoring cultural safety and facilitating over 50 Workshops to Community, Government and Business Groups on Lateral Violence and Cultural Awareness.

In the near future, Richard plans to commence his PHD on the subject of Lateral Violence as well as a year long study program covering Narrative Therapy with the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide. 

Awards and nominations

2013 – AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR (Nominee)

Richard was nominated for his work with Indigenous Community Groups, particularly his work on the eradication of Lateral Violence with the Australian Indigenous population.

2013 – AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AWARDS

Richard Frankland named as finalist in the category of the Human Rights Medal 2013 for his 30 years commitment to Indigenous Issues through Film, Theatre, Music and Community Capacity Building. 

2013 – AUSTRALIAN WORLD MUSIC EXPO

Richard Frankland and the Charcoal Club performed as part of the opening night of the 2013 expo.  The Koorreen team have recorded the rehearsal and performance and will be releasing a couple of Music clips in the New Year.

2013 – AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AWARDS

Koorreen Enterprises has been named as a finalist in the Business Category, in point, for the work our team does in Lateral Violence Education prevention programs and Community Capacity Building.

2013 – AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF AUTHORS

The Society has listed Conversation With The Dead on its list of the top 200 Australian greatest literary works.

2013 – THE NAMING OF YELLOW HAIR

As part of the Laguna Bay Press Yarning Strong series Richard has released a novella around identity of a young Australian Indigenous girl.

2013 – TRANS GENERATIONAL TRAUMA

Richard is once again working with the VACCA team on a report on trans generational trauma, its links to colonisation and its effects on the current generations of Indigenous Australians.

2013- LATERAL VIOLENCE AND CULTURAL AWARENESS WORKSHOPS

Over the past 30 months Richard has presented over 140 workshops to Indigenous and Non Indigenous Australians on Lateral Violence and Cultural Awareness.  His work on the subject was mentioned over 20 times in the Australian Human Rights Commission 2011 Social Justice Commissioner’s report.

2013 – FELLOWSHIP – AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

Richard is the recipient of the 2013 Fellowship awarded as part of the Annual Indigenous Arts Awards.  Richard’s new project is ‘to write the story, through an Aboriginal lens, of the history of Australia’.

2013 – THE HEALING FOUNDATION

Koorreen Enterprises have been contacted to provide a series of weeklong intensive workshops to Train the Trainer in the presentation of Lateral Violence Workshops.

2012 – MALTHOUSE THEATRE

Richard has been commissioned to write a new play, Walking Into the Bigness, for one of Australia’s eminent Theatre Companies, The Malthouse, for inclusion in the 2014 program.

2012 – THE BRADY BUNCH

Richard’s new play The Brady Bunch about a modern day Indigenous Family who are a target of Lateral Violence and all the negative peripherals that attach themselves to this epidemic premièred at the La Mama Explorations series in November.  The play is looking to tour in 2014.

2012 – 1000 WARRIOR MARCH

One again Richard was involved in the March through Melbourne’s streets to celebrate Indigenous men wanting to heal their communities through the reinstatement of their culture.

2012 – CORPORATE DVD PRODUCTION

The team at Koorreen have been contracted to produce various corporate DVD’s including a new staff induction overview of services provided by a local council, a DVD project for another client on Lateral Violence through the eyes of Indigenous Youth and the Catching of Stories of Indigenous Families in urban Melbourne.

2012- LATERAL VIOLENCE AND CULTURAL AWARENESS WORKSHOPS

Over the past 20 months Richard has presented over 80 workshops to Indigenous and Non Indigenous Australians on Lateral Violence and Cultural Awareness.  His work on the subject was mentioned 23 times in the Australian Human Rights Commission 2011 Social Justice Commissioner’s report.

2012 – CORPORATE DVD PRODUCTION

Richard Frankland wrote, produced and directed a series of Television Commercials to combat Family Violence, under the banner of “Breaking the Silence”,  in conjunction with Victorian Police and Victorian Indigenous Communities.

2011 – 1000 WARRIOR MARCH

Richard developed the idea and was one of the principal coordinators of the 1000 Warrior March, held in November in Melbourne, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to march to celebrate the positives of their cultures.

2011 – RELEASE OF “FOREVER BUSINESS”

This publication for VACCA, concerning the restoration of cultural safety, was co-written by Richard Frankland.

2011 – CULTURAL AWARENESS AND LATERAL VIOLENCE

Richard has dedicated much of 2011 to the presentation of over 50 workshops covering the subjects of Lateral Violence and Cultural Safety

2011 – AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR (Nominee)

Richard was nominated for his work with Indigenous Community Groups, particularly his work on the eradication of Lateral Violence with the Australian Indigenous population.

2008 – ROZ BOWER AWARDS (Australia Council)

Awarded to Richard for his innovative leadership and significant artistic contributions, which have focused on reconciliation and social justice.

2007 – RICHARD FRANKLAND/THE CIRCUIT

Winner Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television Deadly Vibe Awards, Sydney, Australia

2006 – CHARCOAL CLUB BAND

Nominee for Band of The Year, Deadly Vibe Awards, Sydney, Australia

2004 – UNCLE JACKIE CHARLES AWARD

Awarded to Richard Frankland for services to Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Melbourne, Australia

2003 – CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD
Best Actor, Aaron Pedersen, Green Room Awards (theatre), Melbourne, Australia

2001 – Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Canberra,

University of New South Wales, Canberra, Richard J Frankland, Honourable Mention (Individual Category) for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture

2000 – HARRY’S WAR

Best Short Film, ST TROPEZ FILM FESTIVAL, St Tropez, France

2000 – HARRY’S WAR

Best Short Film/3rd Most Popular Film Overall, BLACK FILMAKERS HALL OF FAME, San Francisco, USA

2000 – HARRY’S WAR

Best Short Film, ATOM AWARDS, Melbourne, Australia

2000 – HARRY’S WAR

Best Screenplay – Richard Frankland. Open Craft Award – David Ngoombujarra, ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL, Melbourne, Australia

2000 – HARRY’S WAR

JURY AWARD – Best International Short Film, HOLLYWOOD BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, Los Angeles, USA

2000 – HARRY’S WAR

Best Australian Short Film, FLICKERFEST 2000, Sydney, Australia

1999 – HARRY’S WAR

Best Short Australian Film promoting Human Values, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Melbourne, Australia

1998 – AFTER MABO

AFI Award Best Visual Design (editing), Sydney, Australia

1998 – AFTER MABO

Certificate of Commendation, AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, Canberra, Australia

1998 – NO WAY TO FORGET

High Commended Certificate, MARGARET MEAD FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL, New York, USA

1997 – NO WAY TO FORGET

Best Film, BATHURST FILM FESTIVAL, Bathurst, Australia

1997- NO WAY TO FORGET

Invitation to participate in Australian Retrospective, DENVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Denver, USA

1996 – NO WAY TO FORGET

Best Short Film, Best Sound in a Short Film AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS, Melbourne, Australia (record 4 nominations in short film category)

1996 – NO WAY TO FORGET

Screened in Un Certain Regarde, 49th CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Cannes, France

1996 – NO WAY TO FORGET

Best New Director – Richard Frankland, ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL, Melbourne, Australia

1993 – WHO KILLED MALCOLM SMITH

Best Documentary, AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS, Melbourne, Australia