Documentary film screening: Brother number one

Image of Tuol Sleng Genocide museum, Cambodia

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 11 March 2015


Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra


Rob Hamill, with Lyma Nguyen


Christoph Sperfeldt
+61 2 6125 4148

Brother Number One is an award winning New Zealand documentary on the torture and murder of New Zealand yachtsman Kerry Hamill by the Khmer Rouge in 1978.

It follows the journey of Kerry’s younger brother, Rob Hamill, an Olympian and Trans-Atlantic champion rower, who travels to Cambodia, speaking to eyewitnesses, perpetrators and survivors, to retrace the steps taken by his brother and Englishman John Dewhirst.

Brother Number One was the name by which Pol Pot, the leader of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia, was known. Kerry Hamill was also “brother number one”, being the oldest child in the large Hamill family of Whakatane, New Zealand.

Through Rob Hamill’s personal story, Brother Number One also explores one of the “forgotten” genocides of the 20th century, examining how and why nearly two million Cambodians were killed by the Khmer Rouge regime during the 1970s.

The film was directed by award-winning filmmaker Annie Goldson (Punitive Damage, Georgie Girl, An Island Calling) and produced by Pan Pacific Films and BNO Productions.

Rob Hamill will join the film screening (98 min.), for a Q & A session with the audience, as will Lyma Nguyen, a NT-based Australian barrister who has, since 2009, represented Rob before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

The event is hosted by the Centre of International Governance and Justice, RegNet, ANU, and supported by the New Zealand High Commission, Canberra.

Entry is by gold coin donation. 

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