The Multicultural Unit is tasked with both enforcing the law and breaking down barriers in an area (Mirrabooka) which is home to 70% of Perth’s newest migrants, from 62 different nationalities, with 102 languages spoken. As a result, some of tasks that might usually be straight forward, such as responding to calls for help, monitoring the roads, or even performing a Police Check can be challenging due to the extent of the area’s cultural and linguistic diversity.
Behind the Blue Line is the work of Perth production company Periscope Pictures with producer Alice Wolfe, co-director Sam Bodhi Field and writer/director Stuart O’Rourke and was developed and produced in association with Joined Up Films.
Behind the Blue Line is part of the Untold Australia documentary series, produced for SBS with funding from Screen Australia and Screenwest. Now in its third series, Untold Australia sets out to find previously untold stories from Australia’s most culturally diverse communities.
Behind the Blue Line is available on SBS On Demand.