The Tall Man


Darren Dale


Tony Krawitz


Tony Krawitz


Feature Documentary (84 mins)




Blackfella Films Pty Ltd

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When Cameron Doomadgee was found dead in the Palm Island police station, his injuries were like those of someone who’d been in a fatal car crash. The police claimed he had tripped on a step. The Palm Islanders rioted and burnt down the police station. The subsequent trial of Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley – who had been decorated for his work in Aboriginal communities – made headlines day after day, shadowed by Queensland police threatening to strike.


THE TALL MAN tells the gripping story of the trial, of the complex Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, and of the Doomadgee family as they struggle to understand what happened to their brother. Atmospheric, gritty and original, The Tall Man takes the viewer into the courtroom, into the once notorious Queensland police force, and into the Indigenous community of Palm Island of Australia’s Far North – places where people live lives like no others, have a relationship with the land like no others, and a history, culture and a catastrophic present like no others. This is Australia, but an Australia few of us have seen.


Based on the book The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper.



Wednesday 2nd March 2011

AWGIE Awards 2011

WINNER AWGIE Award for Best Documentary, Public Broadcast


AACTA Awards 2011

NOMINATED Award for Best Feature Length Documentary

NOMINATED Award for Best Direction in a Documentary

NOMINATED Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary

NOMINATED Award for Best Editing in a Documentary


ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival 2011

WINNER Award for Best Documentary


Walkley Awards 2011

WINNER Inaugural Award for Long-form Journalism: Documentary


Australian Writers Guild Awards 2011

NOMINATED Award for Best Public Broadcast Documentary Category


Adelaide Film Festival (2011)

Toronto International Film Festival (2011)

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) (2011)

Palm Springs Film Festival (2012)

ImagineNative Film Festival (2011)

Brisbane International Film Festival (2011)

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