Gurrumul - a virtual screening
- Online event
To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021, the Australian High Commission is pleased to bring you a virtual screening of the Australian documentary, GURRUMUL.
**Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this content contains images of people who have died.
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu tragically passed away on 25 July 2017 after a long battle with illness at only 46 years of age and Australia mourned the loss of one of its music greats.
Filmed over the course of 10 years, this documentary by Paul Williams reveals the rich and complex Yolngu culture and ceremonial life, a world that informed the singer’s music and voice.
As Gurrumul lives an exciting life as a successful musician, performing for people like Barack Obama and even Queen Elizabeth II, he also experiences intense homesickness and the need to continue to learn and immerse himself in his family and traditional life.
GURRUMUL, carries the legacy of a man who traverses two “different worlds”. From the narration by his Aunty, Susan Dhangal Gurruwiwi, we learn that Yunupingu was considered to be a messenger between the Balanda (white) world and Yolngu worlds, that the singer was Djarimirri — Child of the Rainbow, and that his destiny was to illuminate the divide between his own culture and the modern world. This critically-acclaimed film offers a great opportunity to learn more about Gurrumul’s life and his Yolngu culture.
Join us for a live Q&A after the screening with Gurrumul’s Director, Paul Williams.
Register for the virtual screening here, then tune back in on Saturday 10th July at 4pm to watch the film and Q&A