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Battle Flagging Father

In 2009, Brisbane-based writer and documentarian Hamish Sewell traveled to Alabama to meet his estranged father for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Best Documentary: Bronze2009 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2009 / Hamish Sewell / Radio Eye, Radio National, Australia

In 2009, Brisbane-based writer and documentarian Hamish Sewell traveled to Alabama to meet his estranged father for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Hamish hoped this tentative reconciliation would bridge not only a lifetime of separation, but also a profound gulf of understanding between father and son, as symbolized by the giant Confederate flag on Jim Sewell's front porch.

Battle Flagging Father won the Best Documentary: Bronze Award in the 2009 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story was advised by Tony MacGregor, with sound technician Judy Rapley.


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Hamish Sewell

Hamish Sewell has worked as a radio producer since 2000, and his work has aired in New Zealand, Australia and America.


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