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Australia prides itself on being a diverse, multicultural nation. But is this really the land of the fair go? Mark Coles Smith leads the first investigation of its kind in Australia analysing previous Prime Ministers’ paths to our country’s highest office and finding out what chance an Indigenous Australian born today has of one day becoming the leader of our nation. Along the way we discover the educational, economic and social barriers standing in the way of a potential Indigenous candidate and meet inspiring individuals who are already on the path or helping others to close the gap. Confronting, fascinating and provocative, Will Australia Ever Have a Black Prime Minister? is agenda-setting TV with the ability to provoke a national discussion.

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Production Information


Catriona Mckenzie


Jacqueline Willinge

Consultant Producer

Georgia White

Story Producer

Darren Hutchinson

Executive Producers

Dan Brown

Jacqueline Willinge

Anthony Willinge


Mark Coles Smith

Director of Photography

Nigel Rungen

Noel Jones

Darren Mccagh

Josh Mcivor

Key Locations




Sound Recordists

Martin Keir

Owen Hughes

Darren Shine

Edit Producer

Simon Hill

Edit Assistants

Matthew Watkins

Jake Blackburn

Audio Post Facility

Envelope Audio

The Director's Statement

“I direct stories because I do believe film, TV, docos; stories can and do change the world.”

“That’s what I do, but what about my son’s generation? How likely is it my beautiful Aboriginal son will see himself reflected back at himself? On screen? In leadership? In any number of different positions in our country? In the highest position in the country – our Prime Minister?”

– Catriona Mckenzie, Director

Photo credit Jake Blackburn
Crew with Ken in Roelands village
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