Max Lane

Max Lane

Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Max Lane is a visiting senior fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. For 50 years he has written articles and books on Indonesian politics, history and culture. He has been a second secretary at the Australian embassy in Jakarta as well as a principal research officer at Australia's Senate Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. He has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and non-government organisations and is a published translator of Indonesian literary works, including works by Pramoedya Ananta Toer and Rendra. He has also been an academic at the University of Sydney, Victoria University (Melbourne), Murdoch University and the National University of Singapore and lectured at universities in Southeast Asia, Europe and the US.

Lola Amaria's documentary Eksil has been a hit in Indonesia, telling the story of Indonesians forced into exile for not supporting Sukarno. (Internet)

Political taboo of questioning PKI's role in Indonesia's history: Documentary Eksil deals a blow

A popular documentary about ten exiles has had an extraordinary run in Indonesia, not least because it sings a different tune from the official historical narrative about the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) and its supporters, perpetuated since the Suharto era.