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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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Rachel Perkins

Writer:

Sue Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimi Bani Jimi Bani ... Koiki Eddie Mabo
Deborah Mailman ... Bonita Mabo
Ewen Leslie ... Bryan Keon-Cohen
Tom Budge ... Greg McIntyre
Charles Passi Charles Passi ... Benny Mabo
Rob Carlton Rob Carlton ... Paddy Killoran
Colin Friels ... Justice Moynihan
Miranda Otto ... Margaret White
Gedor Zaro Gedor Zaro ... Young Koiki Mabo
Felix Williamson ... Ron Castan
Matthew Whittet ... Noel Loos
Leon Ford ... Henry Reynolds
Heath Bergersen Heath Bergersen ... Davy
Jeremy Ambrum ... Donita's Relative
Letita Anu Letita Anu ... Adult Gail Mabo
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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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The true story of one man's epic fight to change a nation.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2012 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

Company Credits

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Blackfella Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Davy: I'm sick of being me!
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Lovely little TV film ... just a pity change is still slow coming in Australia
10 June 2012 | by cocosmoothSee all my reviews

I think the summary says it all. Dramatised as it is, everyone in Australia should watch this film to understand, and maybe even feel the very, ordinary human side to the Mabo story. Though Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders only make up a tiny proportion of this great country's population, and have little visibility in day to day life ... it's 20 years since the Mabo decision and I think we owe it to ourselves to do better, faster! It's a joke that peoples that have lived here for at least 40 thousand years don't have much of a say, even in a token way, in regard to their their ancestral territories and resources. My only criticism is the use of Deborah Mailman in the main female role. Yes, she's a great actress, and I'm sure that will help give the film legs ... but it would've been nice to see another Aboriginal or Torres Strait actress for a change. Poor woman seems to be every female Aboriginal character in every local film that requires one!


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