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Last Tasmanian, The

Synopsis
In 1803 when the British arrived to establish a penal colony there were some 4000 aborigines on the island of Tasmania. By 1876, after a few decades of systematic persecution and atrocity, they had been exterminated. This account of the genocide is told with the aid of contemporary drawings, maps and photographs. Note: When the film was released in Australia the director was strongly criticised by the descendants of full-blood Tasmanian aboriginals and white sealers who have lived on Cape Barren Island in Bass Strait since the early 19th century. They contest the film’s assumption that the Tasmanian people and their culture were wiped out. Such a contention, they claim, prejudices their own case for recognition and land rights.
Language
English
Country
Australia
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 100 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1978
Availability
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Notes
References: ‘The Last Tasmanian’, by Pat O’Shane in ‘Filmnews’, Oct 1978, p. 11. ‘The Last Tasmanian: superb documentary or racist fantasy?', by Anne Bickford, in ‘Filmnews’, Jan 1979, p. 11-14. ‘A re-make: this time with a camera’, by Bobbi Sykes, in ‘Filmnews’, Jan 1979, p. 13. ‘The Last Tasmanian’, by Keith Connolly in ‘Cinema Papers’, no. 18, Oct/Nov 1978
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Aboriginal peoples; Australia; genocide; Tasmania

Credits

Director
Tom Haydon
Producer
Ray Barnes; Roger Fauriat
Writer
Rhys Jones; Tom Haydon
Cast
Leo McKern 
Rhys Jones 

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Distributor

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
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Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
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