Gurrumul

Directors Paul Damien Williams
Produced by Shannon Swan- Resolution Media, 6 Seasons
Co-Producers Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Mark T Grose
Music Michael Hohnen, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Erkki Veltheim
Sound Design Pip Atherstone-Reid
Edited by Shannon Swan, Ken Sallows (ASE)
Length: 96′
Language: English,Yolngu Matha
Country: Australia
Year: 2017

SYNOPSIS

Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music.

DIRECTOR

PAUL WILLIAMS completed a graduate diploma in Documentary Filmmaking from the Victorian College of Arts in 1999. Paul has been working in the film industry since 1997, firstly as a freelance film and video editor and then as a producer and director of his own company, Sutton Grange Films. As an editor Paul was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award for Best Feature Documentary Film Editing for WORDS FROM THE CITY. Since 2012 Paul has been based in Darwin, Northern Territory where he has been working in partnership with Skinnyfish Music. Through this relationship Paul has formed great bonds with the people of North East Arnhem Land. Paul developed and produced two 15-20 minute films, WARDBAKKARRA and WURRAY through the NITV/Screen Australia initiative Songlines on Screen. These films aset in remote Arnhem Land and involving Indigenous Dreamtime stories, premiered at the Sydney International Film Festival. Paul is also in the final stages of postproduction of the feature-length documentary film 99 NOT OUT a film that started off as simply following a man from his 99th to 100th birthdays, but became a deeply affecting existential study of the passing of time.

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