Toomelah (film)

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Directed by Ivan Sen
Produced by David Jowsey
Written by Ivan Sen
Cinematography Ivan Sen
Edited by Ivan Sen
Distributed by Visit Films
Release date(s)
  • 11 May 2011 (2011-05-11) (Cannes)
Running time 106 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

Toomelah is a 2011 Australian drama film written and directed by Ivan Sen.[1] It was shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on 11 May in the Un Certain Regard program.[2] The story is set at the Toomelah Aboriginal Mission in New South Wales.


Daniel is a ten-year-old boy living at the Toomelah Aboriginal Mission. He wants to be a gangster and helps out Linden, the local drug dealer. Bruce—one of Linden's rivals—is released from prison and a turf war erupts. Meanwhile, Daniel's aunt returns to the mission years after being removed as a child, as one of the Stolen Generations.[3]


  • Daniel Connors as Daniel
  • Christopher Edwards as Linden
  • Danieka Connors as Tanitia
  • Dean Daley-Jones as Bruce[3]


  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 64. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  2. ^ Swift, Brendan (15 April 2011), "Toomelah and Sleeping Beauty selected for Cannes International Film Festival", (Inside Film), retrieved 12 May 2011 
  3. ^ a b "Toomelah Press Kit" (PDF), Official film website, retrieved 12 May 2011 

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