25 September 2012 4:34 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

ABC telemovie Mabo and its two lead actors Deborah Mailman and Jimi Bani have scooped the best film and actor categories at the 2012 Deadly Awards.

The telemovie about Eddie and Bonita Mabo (played by Bani and Mailman), and their fight for indigenous land rights, was directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, First Australians) and written by Sue Smith (Bastard Boys, Brides of Christ).

The television show of the year was awarded to Sbs series The Straits, which was set in.Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, and followed the drug-smuggling Montebello family. The cast included Rena Owen, Jimi Bani, Firass Dirani and Suzannah Bayes-Morton and Aaron Fa.Aoso.

Indigenous feel-good movie The Sapphires, which has taken more than $12 million at the box office to date, was also recognised. The original Sapphires - Beverly Briggs, Naomi Mayers, Lois Peeler, Laurel Robinson and Tony Briggs - who wrote the original »

- Brendan Swift

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