16mm Movie Film Boney Rare Australian 70s Tv Show Pilot Aboriginal Detective For SaleYou are offerding on the pilot episode of the 1972 Australian television series BONEY starring James Laurenson. The episode is titled WINGS OVER THE CLAYPAN and stars Laurenson, Tony Ward and Judy Morris. The show was based on the cult novels by Arthur Upfield.In this episode, a light aircraft is found in central Australia. Unconscious in the passengers seat is a young woman, paralyzed by drugs, with no sign of a pilot or any tracks Vicinity. Boney investigates, only to be confronted by a second attempt at killing the girl.Here's some info from the series' Wikipedia page:Boney is an Australian television series produced by Fauna Productions during 1971 and 1972, featuring James Laurenson in the title role of Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte. Two series, each of thirteen episodes were filmed.The series is centred on Bonaparte, a half-Australian Aboriginal character, created by Arthur Upfield, who wrote twenty nine novels about him from 1929 until his death in 1964.Australian TV audiences were introduced to Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte in 1972. "Boney" was a half-Aboriginal detective who tracked murderers by spotting an overturned twig or a crushed ant on the sand. A loner who never failed to crack a case, he was impatient with authority, charming, arrogant and an expert burglar, moving in a world of sunbaked claypans and the most distant reaches of the Outback where only the Aborigines could survive.Arthur Upfield's books told of a baby found in the bush near the body of his Aboriginal mother (killed for her forofferden relationship with a white man). He was taken to a mission station where he was given the name Napoleon Bonaparte and grew up to be a detective specializing in murder cases.It was decided to shoot the stories in contemporary Australia, and English playwright and scriptwriter Eric Paice flew over to head the writing team. Signed up to direct alternate episodes were experienced drama helmers Peter Maxwell and Eric Fullilove, and casting for Upfield's unusual half-Aboriginal hero began. "We looked all over Australia!" John McCallum explained later. "Ideally, of course, the part should have been played by a half-Aborigine, and we saw hundreds of people, but it needed someone with very considerable acting experience and expertise. We auditioned white actors in every state, but there was no-one with the right physiognomy and characteristics for the part..." Aboriginal groups feared that black actors were being discriminated against, and publicly denounced Fauna. An English actor was eventually signed, but when he pulled out two weeks before shooting began, McCallum had to fly to London. Having interviewed more than eighty actors, and just about to phone home and postpone production, an actor from New Zealand, James Laurenson, arrived - and McCallum knew he'd found Bony (though Laurenson would have to wear dark makeup for the part).The first series having been well-received in Australia and internationally, a further thirteen episodes were filmed, co-starring Kate Fitzpatrick as Boney's assistant Constable Alice McGorr. In contrast to the greater popularity that Upfield's character Bony had in the United States compared to Australia, the series was not shown in America. According to John McCallum, several attempts to sell the series to distributors in the United States were rejected as they could not accept that a police detective, along with most of the criminals he hunted, did not use firearms.While some episodes are set in towns, the unique atmosphere of "Boney" lies in its use of the Outback - the best stories take place in scorched orange landscapes where the white person is an outsider, and Boney needs all his inherited skills to solve the crime. Wonderful images abound: a white-haired Aboriginal chief touring his lands in a rusty car pulled by camels; a car pushed into the path of a train by a combine harvester; a ghostly Aborigine revenge squad implacably hunting a murderer - and spearing him.Australian Aboriginal people are represented as dignified characters in the series - low-key, reserved, but dangerous when angered, operating on the edges of the white world, but sometimes willing to help Boney, often using telepathy or magic.
James Laurenson’s Boney is magnetic, arrogant yet charming, exasperatingly self-confident and determined not to take "No" for an answer (unless it's the answer he wants). "James gave an excellent performance," John McCallum said later. "He looked right and he sounded right, and I think Arthur Upfield would have been very pleased with him." Very good condition. B&W print with very good contrast and sound. Infrequent base scratching.PAYMENT & POSTAGE: Within Australia postage is AU$15. Generous shipping discounts apply for multiple purchases. Airmail to the USA is AU$57. Airmail to Europe is AU$69. Other countries please enquire.I accept paypal from international customers (outside Australia). Paypal, direct credit, etc from Australian customers.
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