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Catholic Film Office honours five films

The Australian Catholic Film Office has given its Film of the Year award to a group of films focusing on Indigenous Australians.

"By custom we have always decided on just one film each year," said Office Director and Jury Chair Fr Richard Leonard said. "But with such strong work in the cinema this year on a critical national issue, we wanted to honour this bloc of work."

The films named are: Rabbit Proof Fence, Tracker, Beneath Clouds, Black and White, and Australian Rules.

"Given what the Pope and the Australian Bishops have said about these issues," he said, "We wanted to reward each filmmaker for raising different, but complementary insights."

Fr Leonard said that each of the films "hold up a mirror to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians and asks us to think about where we have been with each other, and more importantly where we want to go."

Australian Catholic Film Office

Australian Catholic Film Office

16 Dec 2002