Mabo clean sweeps at Deadlys

Mabo has won Film of the Year at the 2012 Deadly Awards, held last night at the Sydney Opera House.

The film’s stars also took out top honours in their categories.

The annual Deadly Awards, now in its 18th year, honour Indigenous excellence in various categories across arts, music and sport.

Mabo was selected ahead of documentaries Freedom Rides 40 Years On and The Tall Man.

Premiering at the Sydney Film Festival, Mabo is an ABC commissioned telemovie on the life of Indigenous activist Eddie Mabo, directed by Rachel Perkins and produced by Blackfella Films.

Mabo actors Jimi Bani and Deborah Mailman made it a clean sweep for the film, winning in their Male and Female Actor of the Year categories.

Bani won ahead of The Strait’s Aaron Fa’aoso, Buried City’s Meyne Wyatt, Charles Passi for Mabo and Leon Burchill for The Krakouer.

Mailman beat Outland’s Christine Anu, Bloodland’s Rarriwuy Hick and Ursula Yovich, Sandy Greenwood in Killer Elite.

Television Show of the Year went to The Straits. The eight-part drama by Matchbox Pictures won ahead of Move it Mob Style, Living Black, Barefoot Sports and Yamba’s Playtime.

Singer and The Sapphires actress Jessica Mauboy won female artist of the year and single of the year for her song Galaxy.

The film The Sapphires will be eligible for next year’s Deadlys.

The Deadlys will be broadcast on SBS1 on Sunday 30 September at 9.30pm, and repeated on Thursday 4 October 4 at 9.30pm on SBS Two and Wednesday 3 October at 9.30pm on NITV.

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