On the eighth of April at five seventeen pm, an incident of racial abuse occurs on a bus. Mobile phone footage of the abuse is uploaded on to social media at five thirty pm, by six o’clock the incident goes viral. The hunger for blame above resolution dominates the debate.

The perpetrator, the victim, the bystander and the person filming are thrown into a media storm.

Their actions and inactions judged.
Their privacy gone.
Their family harassed.
Their perception of the truth challenged.
Their ethics commodified.
Their safety threatened.

Behind the eight-seconds of footage exists four personal lives that are forever altered.
These Are Not My People questions the fine line between revenge and justice when it comes to social media shaming.

  • drama
  • 75
  • 17 total
  • 10 female identifying, 7 male identifying
  • women, young people
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 20s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 34

EXTRACT: Lucia! Pick up your phone! What are you doing saying you know Peter? Really? Before you post, you need to look in the mirror and say to yourself “I am a real person. Facebook is real. And real people read what I write”. In short reality check Luch! You keep starting Facebook fires and I will be forced to unfriend you. How many times do I have to tell you? Think, then post, not the other way round! This is worse than the time you said Sarah Jessica Parker’s face looks like a foot.

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