Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Congratulations to Deborah Mailman

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/mabo/about/deborah-mailman.htm 
Actress Deborah Mailman won the Most Outstanding Actress category at the 2013 Logies for her portrayal of Bonita Mabo in the 2012 telemovie Mabo. The Townsville Library building is named after Eddie Koiki Mabo and some scenes of the library and Library staff were shot during its filming. We extend our congratulations to Deborah Mailman, the Mabo family and the Mabo movie crew and a special happy birthday to Mrs Bonita Mabo who celebrated a birthday on the night.

Mabo the telemovie follows the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo a Torres Strait Islander from Mer/Murray Island across his youth, his marriage to Bonita and family life and up to the High Court Case named after him. The Mabo cases are pivotal moments in Australian history and essentially began a process where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people began to have their traditional land ownership recognised under Australian laws and with parts handed back.

The library holds a copy of the telemovie, a separate documentary about Mr Mabo and a separate documentary featuring Bonita Mabo and Mr Mabo's biography.

Redfern Now another television series about Indigenous Australians and produced by Blackfella Films who also produced the Mabo telemovie, picked up some awards as well. All in all the past few years has seen a number of excellent Indigenous related films and Indigenous written, produced and directed and acted films, documentaries and TV series.

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