Wik vs Queensland

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Directed by Dean Gibson
2018
Australia
84 minutes
All Ages
A powerful insight into the High Court’s 1996 decision to grant native title to the Wik peoples of Cape York; and the dramatic political and cultural fallout that followed.

This landmark feature documentary examines the historical decision by the High Court of Australia on 23 December 1996, which granted native title to the Wik peoples. This nationally significant decision caused rumbles throughout the country, shaking up politics, dividing Aboriginal leaders and causing a national media frenzy. Wik vs Queensland tells a very personal story of justice and struggle, with unique access to the key players of that moment in history, and never-before seen footage of the two (then) young lawyers, Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton. “This was a turbulent time in Australia’s recent past,” says director Dean Gibson, “which cast a long shadow over the treatment by white Australia to Aboriginal Australia, from which much can now be learnt.”

Festival guest: Dean Gibson

Year
2018
Classification
All Ages
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
Dean Gibson
Producer
Helen Morrison
Screenwriter
Dean Gibson
Cinematographer
Mark Broadbent
Company Credits
Production Company: Bacon Factory Films, Bent3Land Productions, Freshwater Pictures
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