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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

Production Co:

Blackfella Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Filming was moved to Townsville from Murray Island after an angry local threatened 3 crew members with a weapon and tried to break into their hotel room. See more »

Quotes

Koiki Eddie Mabo: I'm going to walk into Killoran's office with a shot gun.
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Pleasant film celebrates a landmark human rights change
7 June 2012 | by cblittleSee all my reviews

This is a pleasing recount of one of the landmark moments that started to change Australia's thinking about its indigenous people. If it has a deficiency is that it tries to cover so much and doesn't seem to know if its focus is Koiko's (Eddie) life story, his love story or the court case. Some small components are over played, whilst other intricate details about the major issues are omitted leaving large gaps in the story. I never quite connected with anyone nor the depth of the hardship of struggling to run a court case and as a marginalized indigenous person at that. The performances of Jimmy Bani and Deborah Mailman are wonderful - as are many of the other cast members. The script has some delightful moments with all the characters showing truly believable behaviours; the good and the bad! This is an enjoyable movie. Its a good tribute to one of the turning points in Australian culture and I would recommend a viewing. And finally it does remind us to say thank goodness for the dedication and stubbornness of the Eddie Mabo's of the world.


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