One of Australia’s most important stories comes to ABC-TV in June. MABO – tells the story of Eddie Koiki Mabo — who championed indigenous land rights all the way to the High Court. The man who portrays Eddie Mabo is a familiar face to ABC TV viewers – Jimi Bani.
Jimi added authenticity and class to the recent ABC TV series — The Straits — with his portrayal of Marou Montebello, a god-fearing man torn between his faith and loyalty to his family and their criminal enterprises.
We hear that when Jimi went to audition for the Mabo role, director Rachel Perkins knew she’d found the right man the second he walked through the door.
Jimi says playing Eddie Mabo is a great honour. And if you’re wondering whether there’ll be a second series of The Straits — well Jimi doesn’t know either. But he says making The Straits was a wonderful experience.