DIRECTOR: Tony KrawitzAustralia : 2011 : 84MINS : EnglishTwo worlds clashing - and a haunting moral puzzle.
Atmospheric, gritty and original, The Tall Man takes you into the courtrooms, the Indigenous communities, and the police stations where the inescapable complexities of Australia's racial politics are focussed. Written and directed by Tony Krawitz (Jewboy) and produced by Darren Dale of Blackfella Films (First Australians) this adaptation of the award-winning book by Chloe Hooper is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where, one morning, Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and 40 minutes later, lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is 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.
TONY KRAWITZ & DARREN DALE WILL BE GUESTS OF THE FESTIVAL.
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SCREENWRITER: Tony Krawitz, based on 'The Tall Man' by Chloe Hooper PRODUCER: Darren Dale CINEMATOGRAPHER: Germain McMicking EDITOR: Rochelle Oshlack SOUND PRODUCTION: Sam Petty Executive Producer: Rachel Perkins, Archival Research: Naomi Hall DIRECTOR PROFILE: Tony Krawitz was born in 1967 and studied at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. His short film Into the Night (2002) won prizes at film festivals in Chicago and St Tropez. He has worked extensively in television as well as making Jewboy (2005), which won an AFI Award for Best Short Film.