After the publication of a book about his life in 2008, I had heard rumours of the production of a movie based on the story of Anglo-Chinese Australian Billy Sing, who served with distinction in the Australian forces during World War I.
Turns out it’s a mini-series and, as revealed in today’s Australian, the actors cast as Billy and as his Chinese father are both white Australians. Seems to me this decision cuts out a fundamental part of the story of Billy’s life. Very disappointing!
Director slammed for ‘white-out’ of legendary Gallipoli sniper Billy Sing – Australian, 6 May 2010
Dozens of Chinese could play plum role, says actor – Australian, 7 May 2010
When character is more than just skin deep – Australian, 8 May 2010
Interview with director Geoff Davis – ABC Capricornia, 23 April 2010
The Legend of Billy Sing trailer – YouTube