What would happen if the Australian legal system were not based on the British model, but on Indigenous Customary Law, one of the oldest systems in the world?
A former Norseman pub manager was charged with the manslaughter of Kevin Rule, a member of the Ngadju Nation, but later found not guilty.
The dead man’s partner, Daniella Borg, is certain the manager’s lethal punch killed Kevin and feels that the Australian Judicial System has not provided her with justice. Daniella has decided to have a re-trial. This time it is to be set on Kevin’s lands, within the framework of the oldest law in the land. The case is going before an Indigenous Customary Law Court.
Courting with Justice is a dramatic portrayal of the retrial with the bar manager being played by Roy Billing (Underbelly, The Dish, All Saints).
“Courting With Justice, Crime and Punishment” find out more
September 30th, 2011
September 30th, 2011
The Festival’s mission statement is Reckoning With the Past, In the Light of Principles of State and Law, and is comitted to screening movies that address the relationship between justice and cinema and holds panels, discussion sessions and workshops throught the Istanbul University. The Festival also provides an opportunity to compare justice systems and social structures of different countries and their aspects of crime and punishment with the ones in Turkey.
Courting With Justice, written and directed by Debbie Carmody, asks what would happen if the Australian legal system were not based on the British model, but on Indigenous Customary Law, one of the oldest systems in the world?
The groundbreaking documentary screened at the ICAPFF festival along with over 100 films from 40 countries, as part of the short film schedule.
- Official finalist Canada International film festival
March 18th, 2009
The Canada International film festival has firmly established itself among the top film festivals in Canada. It is held each year in Vancouver, bringing the very best of world cinema from more than 90 countries around the world. Courting with Justice was nominated as an Official Finalist for the 2009 competition under the Short Film Competition category.
- Don’t miss "Courting With Justice" screening tonight
January 8th, 2009
The Western Australian documentary Courting with Justice premieres on ABC1 at 9:30pm tonight (Thursday January 8). A gritty drama-documentary, Courting with Justice takes a black perspective on dominant white legal systems, turning the tables on how justice is done in Australia.
- Courting With Justice screens in Tahiti
January 5th, 2009
Pacific International Documentary Film Festival FIFO The festival runs from January 27th to February 1st, 2009 and the awards ceremony will be held at the House of the Culture of PAPEETE.
This festival has set itself the following objectives :
- To produce an event for the Polynesian general public in January
- To gather all the region’s audio-visual professionals and to facilitate the development of joint projects and the sharing of information about current affairs.
- To identify the wealth of national and international productions which deal with Oceania by entering them into competition in order to promote the best productions and facilitate their sales around the world
- To create a market between Oceania documentary producers and global television purchasers
- Courting with Justice at the Brisbane International Film festval
November 4th, 2008
Each year the Brisbane International FIlm Festival draws in film enthusiasts from local and international levels, boasting a mix of cinema from all over the world. The best and most interesting cinema is presented to illustrate the beautiful and intrinsic nature of the art of filmmaking. The culture here is vibrant and is reflective of the success of the festival, with more that 375,000 film-goers immersing themselves in the BIFF experience.
- Courting with Justice at Message stick festival
August 4th, 2008
Courting with Justice featured in the 2008 Message stick Indigenous film festival. The film festival is hosted by Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute facilitates participation and fosters interaction with, and an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, arts and cultures.
“Courting with Justice takes a black perspective on dominant white legal systems, turning the tables on how justice is done in Australia.” ABC
January 8th, 2009