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WX
05-09-2010, 08:04 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8670531.stm


Billy Sing was a hero of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I, but a TV drama has him cast as a white man.
The producers say they could not find a 60-year-old Chinese actor to play Billy Sing's father, so both parts will be played by white actors.
They have been accused of re-writing Australian history.
Billy Sing was known as the "Gallipoli assassin", the son of a Chinese man and English woman, who became a hero of the Australian forces during World War I by killing more than 200 enemy troops.
The recipient of a Distinguished Conduct medal, his memory is cherished within the Chinese-Australian community.
That's why there's been such an angry reaction to the decision of the producers of the television mini-series, The Legend of Billy Sing, to cast a white man in the lead.
The director, Geoff Davis, actually picked his son, Josh, to play the role, and defended the decision by saying that he could not find a 60-year-old Chinese actor to play Billy Sing's father.
He therefore decided that both men should be Caucasian.
But Chinese-Australians have complained that young people will now grow up thinking that Billy Sing was white, and that is a betrayal of their heritage.
The head of a Chinese-Australian youth association said that "whiting out" Billy Sing was not only a gross historical misrepresentation but treading on the grave of a true Chinese-Australian hero.









Nepotism?

seanz
05-09-2010, 08:24 PM
The director, Geoff Davis, actually picked his son, Josh, to play the role, and defended the decision by saying that he could not find a 60-year-old Chinese actor to play Billy Sing's father.

Jackie Chan is only 56, so he's out.

The Bigfella
05-09-2010, 08:32 PM
I'm thinking he may have a hard time getting the funding to finish it and then a hard time selling it. What was he thinking?

bobbys
05-09-2010, 08:35 PM
To bad David Carradine has passed he would have been Perfect!!!:D

WX
05-09-2010, 08:37 PM
It seems odd to me that he couldn't find an Chinese Oz to play the part. Reminds me of the 50-60s when white actors would have their faces made up to look oriental. 55 Days In Peking comes to mind.
http://cdn.huddler.com/a/a2/a243a1ad_htf_imgcache_40061.jpeg

bobbys
05-09-2010, 08:57 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2632/3757037011_3482a13443.jpg

PeterSibley
05-09-2010, 09:33 PM
I'm thinking he may have a hard time getting the funding to finish it and then a hard time selling it. What was he thinking?

I'm thinking he was thinking about a career change :(.

PeterSibley
05-09-2010, 09:40 PM
I'm thinking he may have a hard time getting the funding to finish it and then a hard time selling it. What was he thinking?

I'm thinking he was thinking about a career change :(.Idiot .

Paul Pless
05-09-2010, 09:43 PM
I'm thinking y'all have little less standing in your criticism of our Hollywood cultural propaganda.:D

purri
05-09-2010, 09:46 PM
Been done before. Think of the two productions of "Boney". One with a whitefella (Daddo?) and the last with Kamahl!

Mine tinkit dey Gammon Gammon mob!!

PeterSibley
05-09-2010, 09:57 PM
I'm thinking y'all have little less standing in your criticism of our Hollywood cultural propaganda.:D

Nah ,we don't spend too much time trying to convince ourselves we won WW2 singlehanded !

That franchise is taken.:rolleyes:

WX
05-09-2010, 10:12 PM
hahahahaha

Glen Longino
05-09-2010, 10:19 PM
Reminds me of Chuck Conners playing Geronimo!

The Bigfella
05-10-2010, 04:56 AM
It is, after all, just a film. People getting their undies in a bundle over the casting seems pretty silly. If you don't like it, don't watch it. Maybe Jackie Chan was too dear?

Funny, the things people get worked up over.

You are right of course Ish. I've always thought that Denzel Washington was perfect to play Jack Kennedy. I can't for the life of me understand why Hollywood didn't cast him.

WX
05-10-2010, 06:01 AM
Ouch!

doorstop
05-11-2010, 05:01 AM
Bloody well said Ian, that wanker really is a completely disconnected twat with no idea of reality