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The Skin of Others review – Balang Tom E Lewis's final film is a fascinating look at the life of Douglas Grant

The Skin of Others review – Balang Tom E Lewis's final film is a fascinating look at the life of Douglas Grant

Tom Murray’s movie is a living, breathing investigation into the human rights activist’s life and a tribute to Lewis, who died while it was being made

Film-maker and scholar Tom Murray does not pretend there is a single “correct” way to explore his subject Douglas Grant, an Indigenous Australian human rights activist and first world war veteran whose richly eventful narrative inclines one towards that oft-used expression “larger than life”.

Nor does the director suggest the path he lays down is necessarily the right one. Marking a very interesting swansong for the late actor Balang Tom E Lewis, who plays Grant in dramatic recreations and also appears as a subject, the film – which premieres this week at the all-digital Sydney film festival – is part essay, part detective story, part historical and cultural treatise.

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