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Published April 26th 2013
His name was Cameron Doomadgee, but was commonly known as Doomadgee by his family and the Palm Islanders he resided with.

He was a fit, healthy and tall husband, father, friend and neighbour.

Cameron Doomadgee


The Tall Man, released in November 2011 is a documentary depicting the pleasant recollections that Palm Islander's had and will continue to have of Doomadgee. However a rather intriguing story follows as director Tony Krawitz cleverly interweaves mystery and sorrow which is connected to the very sad and unfair death of a good man with pleasant flashbacks of the community's memories of the life he once lived. The Tall Man was created with the aim of educating and inspiring audiences and posing a stream of puzzling questions for them to decipher on their own terms.

Doomadgee was found dead in the Palm Island police station with injuries resembling the type of wounds that a person would have had if they had been in a fatal car crash.

It was uttered by police that he had tripped on a step. In an effort of defending the truth, the Aboriginal community became fuelled with anger towards Queensland police.

They persisted in uncovering what police deliberately sugarcoated in Doomadgee's trial. They also had their eyes set on the police station and endeavoured to retaliate by burning it down.

Community response


This is a factual investigative story between Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley and Doomadgee, which raises questions, contradictions and fuels an emotional response in its viewers.

You are asked to take a stance will it be with Doomadgee and his community or will you side with the Palm Island police?

Was his pleasant life brutally robbed from him or was he really the trouble-maker that police made him out to be?

Let me know what your views are?

The Tall Man is out on DVD so grab your copy and be immersed in a story like no other or grab Chloe Hooper's version of it in a book.

Below is a quick snippet of what you'll be getting out of a doco of this sort!


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