Wik vs Queensland


In 1996 The High Court of Australia granted native title co-existence rights to the Wik Peoples of Cape York.

The “Wik Decision” should have been a catalyst for positive change, but instead sparked a national cultural and political fallout.

With unique access to never-before screened footage of a young Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton, this uncompromising feature documentary forensically explores the racism, fearmongering and political manoeuvring that occurred in the lead up to the case, and its aftermath.

Told from the very personal Wik Peoples' perspective, Wik vs Queensland causes us to question who we are as a nation today.



Fiona Wirrer-Eorge Ochunyung (Traditional Owner)
Noel Earson
Phyllis Unkaporta (Traditional Owner)
Kerry O’Brien
Marcia Angton AM
Senator Patrick Dodson
James Fitzgerald
Peter Yu
Keri Tamwoy (Traditional Owner)
Walter Sofranoff QC
Frankie Deemal
Adrian Duffy QC
Philip Hunter
Peter Sutton
Janine Chevathun (Traditional Owner)
Maree Kalkeeyorta (Traditional Owner)
Todd Condie
Release dates
8 June 2018 - Australia (Sydney Film Festival)

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Korff, J 2018, Wik vs Queensland, <>, retrieved 3 July 2020

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