Life inside Kerobokan - video

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

To many surfers, Bali’s Kerobokan jail is a place of creepy fascination. A repository of misery on a magical island, and the worst case scenario for those who tempted fate.

But what’s it really like in there?

ABC cameraman Matt 'Sheepy' Davis and Samatha Hawley recently spent a week inside Kerobokan talking to prisoners, including Bali Nine drug mule Matthew Norman.

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 at 4:46pm

That was pretty eye opening, Norman and Chen sound like decent guys.
Quite moving footage actually

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dylza commented Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 at 4:33pm

Yep nicely done FC and thanks for sharing Swellnet. Well worth a watch.

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dylza commented Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 at 4:34pm

Yep nicely done FC and thanks for sharing Swellnet. Well worth a watch.

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indo-dreaming commented Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 at 5:23pm

Cool documentary.

The picture they painted of the prison is much different than i had pictured in my head though.

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talkingturkey commented Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm

Funny, a mate who just got out of there not long ago was staying with us the last coupla days. He gave me one of those Matthew Norman tee-os. Good quality fabric.

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Wharfjunkie commented Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 at 7:59pm

Was that a deterrent or a brochure. Some of it made Kerobokan seem more attractive than the rat race.

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happyasS commented Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 at 7:21pm

are flights included in this package?

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indo-dreaming commented Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 at 9:06pm

Wharfjunkie & happyasS

Im kind of relieved it wasn't just me who got that impression from that video, i was thinking i was going crazy and maybe just blinded by my love for Indo.

It was a good little docco though.

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happyasS commented Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 at 9:11pm

interesting there was no footage of the crowded cells. might present a slightly different story. perhaps there was a ban on filming the actual conditions come dark hours.

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 at 9:43pm

I think it was well filmed, sensitive and tactful. It saddened me though, the thought of life in that place let alone a few months- fuck that. Any prison for that matter.

People don't appreciate freedom until it's taken away from them.

Ignorance is Zen

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stunet commented Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 at 9:50pm

I agree Zen. I watched it and was thankful it wasn't Mad Max-style rioting and over the top posturing from inmates as it gave the filmmakers a chance to put a camera in front of guys that really, truly regret what they've done. That was powerful footage, and it was more likely to register with a would-be drug runner than comic agression.

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happyasS commented Thursday, 15 Jun 2017 at 9:28pm

not that aus/indo relations are anything strained at this point, but i suspect that indonesian authorities would well approve of this documentary.

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Clam commented Thursday, 15 Jun 2017 at 9:46pm

Yep agree good doco

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spencie commented Sunday, 18 Jun 2017 at 6:51pm

Excellent doco. Great sensitivity.

easterly

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thermalben commented Monday, 19 Jun 2017 at 4:46pm

And in breaking news: Bali escape: Australian, three other men tunnel out of Kerobokan prison

"Indonesian officials have confirmed an Australian man is among four people who have escaped from Kerobokan Jail in Bali.

Jail Governor Tonny Nainggolan said Australian Shaun Davidson, from Perth, had less than three months left of his sentence to serve.

He had been convicted of immigration violations and given a one-year sentence.

Prison authorities discovered the men were missing this morning.

Officials said the escapees dug a tunnel from behind a prison clinic to an outside wall, approximately 12-18 metres long."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-19/four-prisoners-escape-in-bali/8631510

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 19 Jun 2017 at 5:20pm

How crazy one year sentence and he digs out with only few months to go, if he does get caught now he is really screwed.

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udo commented Monday, 19 Jun 2017 at 5:21pm

Aussie bloke had nearly finished his sentence...wtf...why would you escape

ROmPer StOMper 2 // oh fuck Aust dont need this.

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zenagain commented Monday, 19 Jun 2017 at 5:25pm

I think because when his sentence was up he was going to be extradited back to WA to face some pretty serious charges there.

Ignorance is Zen

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Clam commented Monday, 19 Jun 2017 at 7:19pm

"Davidson was imprisoned in Indonesia’s notorious Kerobokan jail last year for using another man’s passport and suggesting it was a “chubby” photograph of himself.

He aroused the suspicions of authorities when he signed into guesthouse in Kuta under a passport with the name Michael John Bayman. Davidson said he had lost his passport and found Mr Bayman’s at another hotel.

Davidson fled to Bali after being charged on drug offences in Perth. He managed to spend a year “partying and boxing” in Bali before being caught."
From the article below.

http://www.news.com.au/national/australian-man-shaun-davidson-reportedly...

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udo commented Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 at 6:26pm

Bali police not sure whether these blokes actually made it out and may be stuck in the tunnel ?

ROmPer StOMper 2 // oh fuck Aust dont need this.