A LANDMARK HISTORY OF THE TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS
Blue Water Empire is a 3-part dramatised-documentary series, giving a unique insight into the history of the Torres Strait Islands.
Traversing the pre-colonial era through to contemporary times, this compelling history is centred on the key stories told by the men and women of the region, brought to life by dramatic re-enactments from an all-star cast including Ryan Corr, Damian Walshe-Howling, Aaron Fa’Aoso, Jimi Bani, Roy Billing, Geoff Morrell, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Peter Phelps, Merwez Whaleboat, Robert Mammone and Damian de Montemas.
With additional stories woven together through artwork, animation and archive material, and set to a soundtrack composed by Torres Strait Islander Will Kepa, the series explores how Torres Strait Islanders have sustained their cultural heritage throughout the impact of 200 years of European settlement.
The breathtaking beauty of the land and sea country of the Torres Straits features in the series. Stunning aerial cinematography, and magnificent CGI maps, navigate the audience through this vast and remote corner of northern Australia. The series is anchored by popular actor, producer and proud Torres Strait Islander Aaron Fa’Aoso, who introduces and narrates each episode.
Across the series, we document and reveal the impact of past and present government policies and give insight to the social and economic paternalism that have affected the lives of Torres Strait Islanders – leading them to fight back or
unite in strike action. We reveal contemporary Torres Strait Islander life, along with great Torres Strait Island characters such as the legendary George Mye and Eddie Mabo.
The series conclusion celebrates the resilience and resistance of the Torres Strait Islander people, despite their profound struggle to regain their land and sea country, their Blue Water Empire.
Blue Water Empire was produced by Bunya Productions and Lone Star Productions for ABC Television in association with the Screen Australian Indigenous Department and Screen Queensland.
Producers David Jowsey, Aaron Fa’Aoso, Greer Simpkin
Director Steven McGregor
Writers Steven McGregor, John Singe, Aaron Fa’Aoso, Anna Schnukal, David Jowsey
Distributor Dark Matter