Location Information

Many of the locations used in the film were the actual places where the action occurred - with scenes shot at the Black Community School Eddie and Bonita established in Townsville; in the gardens of James Cook University where Eddie worked as a gardener; in the actual lecture theatre where he gave his first lecture; and most notably in the exact Brisbane courtroom where the original legal battle took place. To ensure authenticity, production designer Felicity Abbott drew upon the family's recollections for the design of the Mabo family home in Hibiscus Street, with original Eddie Mabo paintings adorning the walls, and actual family photos and paraphernalia dressing the set.