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FILM: NFSA RESTORES: MABO LIFE OF AN ISLAND MAN (1997)

4 Jul 2019 | 11.00am - 1.00pm

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Presented by NFSA, Sydney Film Festival and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
NFSA Restores - reviving our cinema icons

With more than 2.8 million audiovisual items in their archive, the NFSA collects, restores, preserves and shares a variety of works – from film television and radio programs, recordings, documents and artefacts, to name a few. This year, the NFSA brings four historic films to Casula Powerhouse.

Mabo - Life of an Island Man is a documentary that explores the public and private stories of Eddie Mabo, a man who changed Australia’s legal and political landscape. The Mabo proceedings challenged the belief that Australia was an empty land when first occupied by white people. After more than 200 years of struggle, European law was at last coming to grips with pre-existing indigenous law.

Filmmaker Trevor Graham considered himself one of Mabo’s friends during the last few years of Mabo’s life. His 1989 documentary Land Bilong Islanders was the only film record of the Mabo proceedings. He created Mabo – Life of an Island Man in 1997 to show more about the little-known life of this iconic Australian figure. It reveals Mabo’s passion for his family and his home, which inspired him to fight against the entire nation and its legal system.

Enjoy a meal at Bellbird Dining & Bar after the film.
Click here to reserve a regular meal. Click here to reserve a vegetarian meal.


Writer/Director/Co-Producer: Trevor Graham
Producer: Denise Haslem

Cast: Eddie Koiki Mabo, Bonita Mabo, Eddie Mabo Jnr, Gail Mabo, Mario Mabo, Celuia Mabo, Malita West, Danny West, Bryan Keon-Cohen, Noel Loos, Henry Reynolds, Margaret Reynolds, Donald Whaleboat, Father Dave Passi, Jack Wailu, James Rice, Paul Smith, Eric Willmot, Justice Martin Moynihan, Marwar Dipoma, Kaba Noah, Lois O'Donoghue, Cath Carter, George Carter.

Event Information

LocationCasula Powerhouse
Arts Centre

Duration87 mins

CostMovie tickets $10
morning tea
not included


Phone02 8711 7123

Emailreception@casulapowerhouse.com

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