Award winning documentary Salute will screen as part of this month’s Australian Revelations, a monthly event celebrating Australian movies held at The Backlot Perth.
This special work examines the period before, during and after one of the most memorable moments and images from the Olympic Games – period. At the 1968 Olymics, Australian athlete Peter Norman stands on the podium with a Silver medal around his neck after the 200m sprint. To his right stands US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlo who together won Gold and Bronze. In the air is their clenched fist Black Power salute. While not clenching his fist Norman undertook his own form of protest that had life-long repercussions.
From there an inspiring and surprising picture of protest and friendship emerge despite death threats, mass protests and government sanctions on the trio.
Directed by Peter Norman’s nephew, Salute garnered multiple awards internationally including Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival and continues to hold considerable power and relevance.
Mon 26 March
The Backlot Perth
21 Simpson Street
West Perth, WA 6005