For many Australians, the Sydney suburb of Redfern is synonymous with the race riots that occurred there in 2004. Footage of Indigenous youths in combat with police near the Block (an enclave of homes owned by the Aboriginal Housing Company) filled the nightly news. Sparked by the death of Indigenous teenager Thomas Hickey in a police chase, the riot escalated tensions that had long been simmering ... (read more)
Rebecca Harkins-Cross is the film editor for the Big Issue and theatre critic for The Age. In 2011 she won the Ivan Hutchinson Award for Writing on Australian Film from the Australian Film Critics Association, and she writes a bi-monthly column on Australian cinema for the Lifted Brow. Her work has also appeared in Meanjin, Crikey, Kill Your Darlings, and Senses of Cinema, among other publications.