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On June 3rd 1992, six months after Eddie 'Koiki' Mabo's tragic death, the High Court upheld his claim that Murray Islanders held native title to land in the Torres Strait. The legal fiction that Australia was empty when first occupied by white people had been laid to rest. MABO - LIFE OF AN ISLAND MAN tells the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system. Though his greatest victory was won only after his death, it has forever ensured his place - on Murray Island and in Australian history. Also available on SP Betacam.

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Cast & Crew & Production Details

Director
Trevor Graham
Writers
Trevor Graham
Producer
Denise Haslem  Trevor Graham
Executive Producers
Sharon Connolly
Cast
No cast details
Production Completion Date
1997
Genre
History and national identity, Social contemporary
Production Company
Film Australia Limited

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • US International Film & Video Festival
    (1998)
  • NSW Premier's History Awards
    (1998)
  • National Educational Media Network
    (1998)
  • Australian Film Week - Ireland
    (1998)
  • Australian Teachers Of Media Inc
    (1998)
  • Athens International Film & Video Festival
    (1998)
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    (1997)
  • Down Under Films On Top Film Festival
    (1997)
  • Douarnenez Festival of Ethnic Minority
    (1997)
  • Denver Film Festival (Media One)
    (1997)
  • Calcutta (Kolkata) International Film Festival
    (1997)
  • The Pacific Film and Television Commission Pty Ltd, c/ Brisbane International Film Festival
    (1997)
  • Australian Film Institute
    (1997)