Mabo (film)

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Mabo
Directed by Rachel Perkins
Produced byDarren Dale
Miranda Dear
Written by Sue Smith
Starring Jimi Bani
Deborah Mailman
Music byAntony Partos
Edited byRochelle Oshlack
Production
company
ABC
Blackfella Films
Screen Queensland
Screen NSW
Release date
  • 9 June 2012 (2012-06-09)(Australia)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish

Mabo is an Australian docudrama TV film, released in 2012, which relates the successful legal battle waged by Torres Strait Islander man Eddie Koiki Mabo to bring about native land title legislation. The title role is played by Jimi Bani and that of his wife, Bonita Mabo, by Deborah Mailman. [1] The film was written by Sue Smith and directed by Rachel Perkins. It was produced by the ABC and Blackfella Films with the assistance of SBS and filmed at Mer Island (Torres Strait), Magnetic Island, Brisbane and Canberra. It premiered at the Sydney Film Festival 2012. [2] [3]

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Plot

Mabo tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes - Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at age 15, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius .

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References

  1. "Mabo's story of sacrifice and love to premiere at festival". The Sydney Morning Herald . 9 May 2012.
  2. Dalton, Kim Speech: Mabo Premiere, Sydney Film Festival 2012, 7 June 2012, at ABC TV Blog
  3. Dale, D., Perkins, R. Mabo at Sydney Film Festival 2012