THE DOCUMENTARY OF DR G YUNUPINGU'S LIFE

Australia, 2017 (MIFF 2017, Special Events)

Director: Paul Williams

A soaring, evocative audio-visual journey into the life, culture and landscapes of one of Australia's most beloved singers – Dr G Yunupingu.

Blind from birth, Dr G Yunupingu found his identity through song and the haunting voice that has already become legend. His debut album introduced Australia to the Songlines and culture of his Elcho Island community, but now Dr G Yunupingu finds himself increasingly torn between city and country, present and past, self and the community to which he owes so much.

From director and close friend Paul Williams comes a profound exploration of the life and music of this most revered of Australian artists. Co-produced by Dr G Yunupingu himself, the film uses the tools of his music – chord, melody, song – and the sounds of the land to craft an audio-first cinematic experience of beauty and power, offering a rare insight into a reclusive master who spoke in his own inimitable language.

Director Paul Williams will attend the session to introduce the film.

After the film, MIFF Closing Night continues at the Festival Lounge until late.

Following the recent passing of Dr G Yunupingu, the filmmakers sought advice on the matter from senior Gumatj elder David Djunga Djunga Yunupingu, and are abiding by his wishes and direction. 10% from each ticket sold will be donated to Dr G. Yunupingu’s Foundation, a fund supporting Indigenous young people in remote areas to realise their full potential and contribute to culturally vibrant and sustainable communities.

 


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