After the Apology

Documentary 80 mins

Writer / Director : Larissa Behrendt

Producer: Michaela Perske


Supported by Screen Australia, Adelaide Film Festival, Screen NSW, KOJO & The National Film and Sound Archive




Suellyn thought FACS would only remove children in extreme cases until her

own grandchildren were taken in the middle of the night. Hazel decided to take

on the FACS system after her fourth grandchild was taken into state care. Jen

Swan expected to continue to care for her grandchildren but she was deemed

unsuitable by FACS, a shock not just to her but to her sister, Deb, who was, at

the time, a FACS worker. The rate of Indigenous child removal has increased at

an exponential rate since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to

the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008. These four grandmothers’ find each other and

start a national movement to place extended families as a key solution to the

rising number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care. They are not only

taking on the system, they are changing it.