The Bougainville Photoplay Project
02 - 05 September 2010

The Bougainville Photoplay Project

2 - 5 September

Writer, academic and performer Paul Dwyer retraces three journeys made by his father Dr Allan Dwyer, a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon, to Bougainville (PNG) during the 1960s, in which he healed dozens of crippled children.
Family stories become entwined with the larger narrative of Australia’s colonial enterprise over the years following – the opening of the giant Panguna copper mine, environmental devastation, a brutal civil war funded by Australia that cost the lives of up to 20,000 people, and finally, the post-war reconciliation process. This one-man performance is politics and performance at its most personal.

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