MASTERPIECE is the second story in AN INDIGENOUS TRILOGY by Glenn Shea.

An Aboriginal worker from the stolen generation now finds himself living as a recluse in the middle of the desert. The issues from his work as a juvenile justice worker has impacted his life to the point where he has lost everything. He is battling his demons and believes he is of no value and wants to die alone drinking and trying to paint his Masterpiece. Little does he know, his life is just about to take a different direction when Hope steps off the train.

"The contrasting Masterpiece, while a thriller set in a remote location, is at the same time both lyrical and richly layered. Telling a story of Aboriginal trauma and resilience at a time of potential change, hope emerges with the realisation that the “masterpiece” is not a painting but rather the immediate image as it is reflected in a mirror." - Vanessa Cartwright, South Sydney Herald, 2015

  • indigenous
  • 75
  • 4 total
  • 1 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • gender, people of colour
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 8

EXTRACT: I saw you. I knew it. I predicted to myself that you were going to do it. And you did. And then you left me. I wish your friend hadn’t introduced us back then. I thought I was lucky.


Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 44

EXTRACT: When I met my birth mother for the first time. It was surreal. So surreal like looking in a mirror. I could see myself. We arranged to spend quiet time together. And found a place out of the way and sat there talking. I remember her telling me this story about how she was in love with this fella.

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