Director: Tony Krawitz
84 minutes

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.

Festivals: Toronto 2011; IDFA 2011 (Best of Fest); Brisbane; ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Toronto


  • Winner: Inaugural award for Long Form Journalism: Documentary – Walkley Awards
  • Winner: Best Documentary at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Toronto


  • AWGIE Awards- Best feature film- adaptation – Tony Krawitz
    • Best documentary
    • Best Direction – Tony Krawitz
    • Best Cinematography – Germain McMicking
    • Best Editing – Rochelle Oshlack
Film Type Documentary
Director Tony Krawitz
Producer Darren Dale