Incarceration Nation

Directed by Dean Gibson
90 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Indigenous Australians make up 29% of the prison population – and 3.3% of the population. Dean Gibson (Wik vs Queensland, SFF 2018) lays bare Australia’s appalling history of Indigenous incarceration.
The statistics are shocking. The trauma for families and communities unimaginable. 474 deaths in custody since 1991. Indigenous people are 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than the rest of the population. And 10 times more likely to be placed in out-of-home care. What does it say about our justice system and society? Gibson charts Australia's deplorable record of oppressive legislation going back to colonial massacres, the mission system and stolen wages. He interviews experts including Judge Matthew Myers, barrister Joshua Creamer, Associate Professor Chelsea Bond, Professor Don Weatherburn and lawyer Teela Reid. Gibson also gives voice to the victims of systemic bias – the Dungay, Day and Hickey families. What will it take to engender change?

Dean Gibson is a First Nations filmmaker with over 15 years' experience in creating, writing, directing, editing and producing content. Wik vs Queensland premiered at SFF in 2018 and went on to win the 2018 ATOM Award for Best History Documentary and the Best Long Documentary at the 2018 First Nations Media Awards. Other films include: A War of Hope; From the Ashes.
Indigenous lawyers, barristers and advocates – many of them relatively new faces on television – dissect the issue, tracing it back to colonisation with appalling historical footnotes, and offer solutions.
Bridget McManus, The Sydney Morning Herald
Program Strand
Documentary Australia Foundation Award
Unclassified 15+
In English
Dean Gibson
Helen Morrison
Dean Gibson
Mark Broadbent
Lindi Harrison
Documentary, First Nations, Australian Films, Human Rights, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Production Company: Bent 3 Land Productions
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