Gurrumul

Directed by Paul Damien Williams

Duration 96’ | English,Yolngu Matha with English subtitles

Production Country and Year Australia, 2017 | Produced by Resolution Media, 6 Seasons Production | Producer Shannon Swan | Director of Photography Dan Maxwell, Katie Milwright, Matt Toll, Gavin Head | Sound Pip Atherstone-Reid | Edited by Shannon Swan, Ken Sallows | Contact Cinephil

Indigenous artist Dr. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and celebrated voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose through music. His music was propelled into Australia’s mainstream in the 1990s by Michael Hohnen and Mark Grose of Skinnyfish Music. Hohnen became Gurrumul’s close companion, both on and offstage, supporting him professionally and personally. The film sensitively depicts the highs and lows of Gurrumul’s musical career with his popularity soaring internationally while he struggled to find balance, living a traditional Yolngu life and keeping his show on the road. Gurrumul, the film is a soaring, evocative audio-visual journey into the life, struggles, culture and landscapes of one of the world’s most unique performers.

Paul Damien Williams has been working in the film industry since 1997, first as a freelance editor, later as a producer with his own company, Sutton Grange Films. Since 2012 Paul has been based in Darwin, Northern Territory where he has been working in partnership with Skinnyfish Music and thus forming strong bonds with the people of North East Arnhem Land.

 

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