RAINBOW BIRD AND MONSTER MAN
Set in small-town Australia, “Rainbow Bird and Monster Man” is a story of murder, revenge, power and denial that charts an individual’s struggle for justice and respite from mental torment that has plagued him since he was a little boy.
That little boy was Tony Lock and he was sexually abused for ten years of his life. “Rainbow Bird and Monster Man” is a tragedy of the most epic and frightening dimensions. The fact that he is still alive to share his story is a gift to the nation and a reminder that the smallest and the weakest must be protected.
This is a story of childhood but also an adult journey through the coldest and darkest night, searching for a peace that will not show itself, a justice that will not be delivered and a healing that will not begin. Step by step our tragedy unfolds and the final murderous scenes are played out. What we learn from Tony Lock is not just the unraveling of a painful and frightening journey but a narrative woven from fragments of his own mental illness, drunkenness, violence and despair.
This harrowing story challenges us on many levels. Not only will Tony take us to a place where the spending of a man’s life seems inevitable but he will describe the mental state of the man who held the axe and the fantastic rainbow bird which ensured a little boy’s survival.
- Dennis K. Smith