Arthur Beetson, one of Australia's greatest rugby league players of all time, died suddenly on December 1 at the age of 66. A larger-than-life figure who was a brilliant play maker in the second row for Balmain, Easts and Parramatta, his last major game of football as a player was the inaugural State of Origin clash between Queensland and New South Wales in 1980. The first indigenous Australian to captain a national sporting side, Beetson became a coach, mentor and indigenous community leader in later years. And he even had a go at acting.
Here, as placed on Youtube in its entirety, is the eleven-minute 2009 short "Tribe", a tongue-in-cheek drama described as an "all Koori version of Dynasty". Beetson plays the patriarchal Oliver Cleveland and handles his few scenes with a more natural style than some of his fellow cast.
This enjoyable short film, written and directed by Jeremy Johnson, cries out for a sequel or even a weekly TV spot, but alas it marks the start and end of Big Artie's film career. Enjoy: