The Tall Man (2011)
Average Rating: 6.9/10
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This is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty-five minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. This is also the story of that policeman, the tall enigmatic Christopher Hurley who chose to work in some of the toughest and wildest places in Australia, and of the struggle to bring him to trial. The Tall Man is a story in luminous detail of two worlds clashing - and a haunting moral puzzle that no viewer will forget.
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The Tall Man weaves a gripping tale that covers race, class, politics and even love with a filmmaking skill that belies its origins. It's one of the finest Australian films of the year.
What happened in the 45 minutes from Doomadgee's arrest till his death should weigh heavily on Australian audiences.
The story that emerges is a tragedy with no end in sight, and which has its roots buried deep in the island's ugly past.
A fascinating work which will provoke much debate for some considerable time to come.
It's clear and concise, the known facts and the deeply felt emotions all displayed. We see Palm Island through the eyes of the storytellers, but also get an insider's glimpse
It tells these complex series of events and the ramifications that follow it -- the inquest, the trials and so forth -- with such clarity that you really get totally involved in this very tragic story.
Tony Krawitz is a fine filmmaker and he has dealt with this tragic story with skill, delicacy and artistry. It's an important story, an important book, an important film.
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