Uncle Brian

Uncle Brian Birch is caught between two worlds, his Wurundjeri identity revealed to him at the ripe age of 37. Raised on hard times in a very different Fitzroy; his previous life filled with alcoholism and violence. Residing in a retirement home exclusive to elders of Torres Strait and Indigenous communities, his days are spent painting, smoking and sharing conversation with Courtney, who spends time with him during her visits as a volunteer. His art is a contemporary take on traditional Koori paintings, although he appears to feel a certain disconnect between himself and other Indigenous artists. UNCLE BRIAN BIRCH is a short documentary which highlights the realities of ageing, identity and community connection.

  • Courtney Catherine
    Director
  • Uncle Brian Birch
    Key Cast
  • Tom Buckingham
    Camera Person
  • Rachel Hooker
    Camera Person
  • Courtney Catherine
    Camera Person
  • Courtney Catherine
    Editors
  • Tom Buckingham
    Editors
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - RMIT
  • Season Three at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
    Melbourne
    Australia
    July 17, 2021
    Australian Premiere
Director - Courtney Catherine