The Stars of Australia
"Part of the reason I wanted to do a film about my home country was to come to understand the indigenous story in Australia," Baz says. "One of the most difficult parts of our history was the time when mixed-race Aboriginal children were taken by the government from their families and put into institutions to make them into Europeans. This has been a big issue, and it's called the Stolen Generation."
Baz explains that they found Brandon after an extensive search. His casting team combed through 10,000 boys, then Baz went on the road to see 200 more. Finally, they found Brandon living with his family on traditional Aborigine land. "There's a truth and an innocence in him. He looks through the camera; he doesn't see it," Baz says. "It's not really acting. It's kind of beyond acting—he's just being. And I think for that reason, in the film, you really trust and believe him. And it's a beautiful quality that we were so privileged and lucky to find."