Mabo: Life of an Island Man (1996)

Mabo: Life of an Island Man
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Trevor Graham Director n/a 2 2000001
Trevor Graham Producer n/a 3 3000001
Denis Haslem Producer n/a 3 3000002
Sharon Connolly Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Trevor Graham Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Jonathan Holmes Screenplay (narration) 120778 4000002
Johan Witteron Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Denise Haslem Editor n/a 172 7000001
David Bridie Music n/a 120781 8000001
John Phillips Music n/a 120781 8000002
Bronwyn Murphy Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Story follows the life and death of Mabo, a Torres Strait Islander who fought the Australian government for the right to his own land. The Mabo Decision was handed down in June of 1992, five months after Mabo's death from cancer. It stated that the long held assumption that Australia could be considered "terra nullius"--meaning that because the indigenous people had no concept of ownership, the Torres Strait was technically unoccupied--was false.