Tudawali at the Bagot Native Settlement in 1960
Melville Island, Northern Territory
|Died||July 1967 (aged 37–38)
Darwin, Northern Territory
Cause of death
|Severe burns and tuberculosis|
Robert Tudawali (1929–1967) was an Australian actor, born and raised on Melville Island in the Northern Territory. He became the first Aboriginal film star as a result of playing the lead role, Marbuck, in Jedda.
A leading Australian rules footballer as a youth, he alternated several times between Aboriginal and white society. Tudawali used the name Bobby Wilson in Darwin. Under this name he took part in the TV series Whiplash.
Tudawali also served as Vice-President of the Northern Territory Council for Aboriginal Rights, and, working with trade unionists and author Frank Hardy, fought to highlight the poor wages and conditions of Aboriginal stockmen in the Northern Territory, which culminated in the Wave Hill walk off in 1966. Tudawali had organised to give a series of talks to unionists throughout Australia in support of the stockmen when the Northern Territory administration banned any travel by Tudawali due to the tuberculosis he was suffering at the time.
|Directed by||Steve Jodrell|
|Produced by||Paul Barron
|Written by||Alan Seymour
|Release dates||28 January 1988|
Tudawali was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in July 2010. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as a stills gallery, press clippings, a featurette entitled Walkabout and Oondamooroo: Profile of Ernie Dingo.
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- Tudawali, Australian feature films shot in or set in or first shown in or partly financed by Western Australia.
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