Dir. Rachel Perkins
Aus Rating: PG
Running Time: 103mins
Aboriginal history holds a vital position amongst the Australian film landscape. Movies that deal with the first Australians and their modern day descendants are frequently amongst the strongest that this country produces, and their makers are some of the absolute finest this land has to offer. One just has to think of Warwick Thornton’s Samson & Delilah, Ivan Sen’s Beneath Clouds, Rachel Perkins’ Radiance, or many others to see that these stories are special and their storytellers are gifted individuals. ABC’s telemovie, Mabo, is no difference, but while it never reaches the cinematic heights of its big screen cousins, this wonderfully acted and superbly designed television feature is a strong piece of work from its makers. It’s fitting timing, too, on the 20-year anniversary that this fine film should come into our homes.
Those who are interested, Mabo airs tonight on ABC1 at 8.30.