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Although he has played music most of his life, Seaman Dan only released his first album 'Follow the Sun' at the age of 71 years old. It won ScreenSound Australia's Inaugural National Folk Recording Award in 2001. His third album 'Perfect Pearl' won the Best World Music album at the 2004 ARIA Awards, and in 2005 he won the Red Ochre Award (the Australia Council's premier Indigenous artist's award). Seaman Dan and his friends have lived and worked in the maritime industry in Torres Strait since the 1940s. He tells wonderful anecdotes of this time, and his recollections recreate a time and atmosphere that is both romantic and highly dangerous. SEAMAN DAN AND FRIENDS: WELCOME TO THE TORRES STRAIT tells a history that is unknown to most Australians, and which we will soon lose if their stories are not heard.

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Fiona Cochrane
Fiona Cochrane
Dir. of Photography
Zbigniew Friedrich

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Production Completion
Art and culture, History and national identity
Production Company
f-reel pty ltd


International Sales
f-reel pty ltd