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Issue Details: First known date: 2011 2011
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'The film is set entirely in the remote Indigenous community of Toomelah, located on the NSW, QLD border. It was created as a mission during the 1930s, bringing together Gamilaroi and Bigambal people from the surrounding area.

'The story centres on Daniel, a small ten year old boy who dreams of being a gangster. He is kicked out of school and befriends a local gang leader, until a rival gangster arrives back from jail to reclaim his turf. A showdown ensues and Daniel is caught in the middle, leaving him with a choice to make about his uncertain future.

'Toomelah is a deeply personal story, that intimately depicts mission life in contemporary Australia. The film reveals the challenges facing the young Gamilaroi people of the Toomelah Community. Robbed of much of their traditional culture by Government policy, it is a community on a cultural edge, struggling for an identity. It is a provocative and yet comic story that transports audiences inside the community, creating an authentic world and way of life that is Toomelah.'

Source: Toomelah website.

Notes

  • For further information, see the Toomelah website, www.toomelahthemovie.com

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Works about this Work

Meet the Woman Bringing Aboriginal Cinema to the Screens of Paris Sandra Phillips (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Conversation , 2 June 2016;

'In a tiny cinema in the Latin Quarter of Paris, something very unusual for French filmgoers is on display. For five days, the programme at Cinema La Clef is devoted not to the latest Hollywood blockbusters, nor to the finest French cinema, but to the best examples of Australian Indigenous film-making.'

'The first Festival of Australian Aboriginal Cinema (La Festival du Cinéma Aborigène Australien) will showcase films that may have garnered awards at Cannes, but are nonetheless unfamiliar to audiences in one of the world’s capitals of cinematic culture. It is the first festival of its kind in Europe.'

Case Studies 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Indigenous Film and Television Digital Bibliography 2014;

'Synopsis and bibliographies for selected Indigenous Australian films from locations across Australia including: Samson & Delilah, Beneath Clouds, Bran Nue Dae , The Sapphires, and Toomelah. '

Respecting Protocols for Representing Aboriginal Cultures Jared Thomas , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This essay undertakes a detailed discussion of how respecting protocols for representing Indigenous cultures supports the interests of Indigenous communities and producers of stories with Indigenous content. To highlight the importance of Indigenous protocols I review the prominence and reception of Aboriginal stories in Australian film and literature and discuss how protocol guidelines can prevent problematic representations. I demonstrate how protocols influenced writing Calypso Summer (2014), a novel exploring issues relating to my cultural group, the Nukunu, to illustrate the challenges encountered and benefits gained from employing Indigenous representation protocols. ' (Author's introduction)
Poetry in the Air : Mad Bastards and Toomelah Lorraine Mortimer , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , March no. 66 2013;

— Review of Mad Bastards Brendan Fletcher 2010 single work film/TV ; Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
Toomelah : Ivan Sen's Intimate Movie Stephen Hagan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 20 June no. 269 2012; (p. 23)
Seriously Funny : History and Humour in The Sapphires and Other Indigenous Comedies Rose Capp , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , July no. 63 2012;
'The Sapphires (Wayne Blair, 2012) opens in an idyllic rural setting. A group of young Aboriginal girls run home across the paddocks in the fading evening light to sing for a gathering of family and friends. But this benign atmosphere rapidly switches to terror as white Australian Government officials arrive on the scene and forcibly remove one of the girls from the Cummeraganja Mission community. It is the late 1960s, and State and Federal Government "child protection" policies allow the removal of so-called "half-caste" Aboriginal children from their families, leaving a devastating and traumatic legacy that the film goes on to address.' (Author's introduction)
Strong Selection for Second AACTA Awards Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 August 2012; (p. 15)
A Fairytale Existence Andrew L. Urban , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 1 May 2011; (p. 8)
Two Aussies Find They Really Cannes Michael Bodey , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16 -17 April 2011; (p. 5)
Untitled Michael Bodey , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 April 2011; (p. 15)
Local Work Makes Top Tier after a Lean Decade Michael Bodey , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 11 May 2011; (p. 29)
Director Ducks to the Mainstream Shoot Toomelah Stephanie Bunbury , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 May 2011; (p. 10)
Spellbound Cannes Delights to a Love Letter from Australian Heartland Stephanie Bunbury , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 May 2011; (p. 6)
Toomelah Production Held in High Regard 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 18 May no. 501 2011; (p. 8)
Toomelah to Cannes 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 4 May no. 500 2011; (p. 4)
Singular Talent Cris Kennedy , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 October 2011; (p. 33)
Toomelah Goes National 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , no. 513 2011; (p. 57)
Daniel's Raw Power Puts Toomelah on the Map Fiona Purdon , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 November 2011; (p. 11)
Toomelah, a Step on Director's Road Back Michael Bodey , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 23 November 2011; (p. 17)
Mum's Home Town Inspires Winning Film Fiona Purdon , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 November 2011; (p. 16)
Darkly Amusing but Dangerously Close to the Bone Garry Maddox , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 June 2011; (p. 11)

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
Untitled Stephanie Bunbury , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 July 2011; (p. 16)

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
New Release Tom Ryan , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 20 November 2011; (p. 7) The Sunday Age , 20 November 2011; (p. 17)

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
Intimate Glimpse into Rugged World Paul Byrnes , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 November 2011; (p. 20)

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
Violence Disguised as Myth Evan Williams , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26 - 27 November 2011; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
At Ground Level Jake Wilson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 26 November 2011; (p. 17)

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
Aboriginal Community Ditched by Church and State Tim Kroenert , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 2 December vol. 21 no. 23 2011; (p. 33-34)

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
Toomelah Released in Cinemas 2011 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 30 November vol. 10 no. 245 2011; (p. 42)

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
Here and Now Sylvia Lawson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story 2008-;

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV ; The Tall Man Tony Krawitz 2011 single work film/TV ; Burning Man Jonathan Teplitzky 2011 single work film/TV
Real Life on the Edge Oliver Downes , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: RealTime , Aug-Sept no. 104 2011; (p. 35)

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
Poetry in the Air : Mad Bastards and Toomelah Lorraine Mortimer , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , March no. 66 2013;

— Review of Mad Bastards Brendan Fletcher 2010 single work film/TV ; Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
At the Sydney Film Festival : Toomelah Peter Francis , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , June 2011;

— Review of Toomelah Ivan Sen 2011 single work film/TV
A Fairytale Existence Andrew L. Urban , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 1 May 2011; (p. 8)
Two Aussies Find They Really Cannes Michael Bodey , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16 -17 April 2011; (p. 5)
Untitled Michael Bodey , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 April 2011; (p. 15)
Local Work Makes Top Tier after a Lean Decade Michael Bodey , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 11 May 2011; (p. 29)
Director Ducks to the Mainstream Shoot Toomelah Stephanie Bunbury , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 May 2011; (p. 10)
Spellbound Cannes Delights to a Love Letter from Australian Heartland Stephanie Bunbury , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 May 2011; (p. 6)
Toomelah Production Held in High Regard 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 18 May no. 501 2011; (p. 8)
Toomelah to Cannes 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 4 May no. 500 2011; (p. 4)
Singular Talent Cris Kennedy , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 October 2011; (p. 33)
Toomelah Goes National 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , no. 513 2011; (p. 57)
Daniel's Raw Power Puts Toomelah on the Map Fiona Purdon , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 November 2011; (p. 11)
Toomelah, a Step on Director's Road Back Michael Bodey , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 23 November 2011; (p. 17)
Mum's Home Town Inspires Winning Film Fiona Purdon , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 November 2011; (p. 16)
Small Town Ragamuffins Now Feted By the World Garry Maddox , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 November 2011; (p. 7)
On the film's first screening in Toomelah, New South Wales, November 2011.
Cinema Magic Garry Maddox , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 December 2011; (p. 8-9)
Dreamland : A Journey through North-Western NSW with Filmmaker Ivan Sen Peter Robb , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 73 2011; (p. 16-26)
Toomelah : Ivan Sen's Intimate Movie Stephen Hagan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 20 June no. 269 2012; (p. 23)
Seriously Funny : History and Humour in The Sapphires and Other Indigenous Comedies Rose Capp , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , July no. 63 2012;
'The Sapphires (Wayne Blair, 2012) opens in an idyllic rural setting. A group of young Aboriginal girls run home across the paddocks in the fading evening light to sing for a gathering of family and friends. But this benign atmosphere rapidly switches to terror as white Australian Government officials arrive on the scene and forcibly remove one of the girls from the Cummeraganja Mission community. It is the late 1960s, and State and Federal Government "child protection" policies allow the removal of so-called "half-caste" Aboriginal children from their families, leaving a devastating and traumatic legacy that the film goes on to address.' (Author's introduction)
Strong Selection for Second AACTA Awards Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 August 2012; (p. 15)
Case Studies 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Indigenous Film and Television Digital Bibliography 2014;

'Synopsis and bibliographies for selected Indigenous Australian films from locations across Australia including: Samson & Delilah, Beneath Clouds, Bran Nue Dae , The Sapphires, and Toomelah. '

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