Sharon Connolly: 'very important footage'

Sharon Connolly: 'very important footage'
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Sharon Connolly, producer and former CEO of Film Australia (pictured at left in the cover image), talks about her work as producer on the film Land Bilong Islanders (1989, Trevor Graham, Australia). The film documents the proceedings of the Supreme Court of Queensland in which Justice Moynihan considered issues of fact relating to the Mabo v Queensland case, ahead of the High Court of Australia’s 1992 decision.

Connolly says 'we filmed what I think probably became the most important bit of film that I’ve ever been involved with: the beginnings of those hearings. We also filmed the whole business of the court being present on this tiny island.'

This is an excerpt from Sharon Connolly's oral history interview with Geoff Gardner from 2012.

Pictured are Sharon Connolly, Eddie Mabo jnr, Bonita Mabo and filmmaker Trevor Graham from Mabo - Life of an Island Man, 1997 - Film Australia Collection © NFSA.

Notes by Beth Taylor