The Last Tasmanian

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The Last Tasmanian
Directed by Tom Haydon
Produced by Tom Haydon
Written by Tom Haydon, Rhys Jones
Music by William Davies
Cinematography Geoff Burton
Edited by Charles Rees
Running time
105 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

The Last Tasmanian is a 1978 documentary about the decline of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people in the nineteenth century including through genocide by British colonists.

Aboriginal Tasmanians ethnic group

The Aboriginal Tasmanians are the Aboriginal people of the Australian state of Tasmania, located south of the mainland. For much of the 20th century, the Tasmanian Aboriginal people were widely, and erroneously, thought of as being an extinct cultural and ethnic group. Contemporary figures (2016) for the number of people of Tasmanian Aboriginal descent vary according to the criteria used to determine this identity, ranging from 6,000 to over 23,000.

The film was highly controversial in Australia, in particular for criticism by contemporary Aboriginal Tasmanians that the film suggested Tasmanian Aboriginal culture had been eradicated. [1] [2] [3]

The Last Tasmanian screened widely internationally to acclaim, including receiving a nomination for the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was sold to television in twenty-two countries. [4]

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  1. "Documentary in Controversy: The Last Tasmanian". Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  2. "REVIEWS: The last Tasmanian". Filmnews . 8, (10). New South Wales, Australia. 1 October 1978. p. 11. Retrieved 22 January 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "The Last Tasmanian:". Filmnews . 9, (1). New South Wales, Australia. 1 January 1979. p. 11. Retrieved 22 January 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  4. Brennan, Richard. Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.