Gurrumul: In cinemas now

 
 

A portrait of one of Australia’s most celebrated and important voices.

 

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.

Gurrumul is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.

★★★★½ - Sydney Morning Herald
“Without quite saying it, the film makes us feel how strong that culture is on Elcho Island, and how difficult it was for Gurrumul to leave it...Other films have tried to tell us about such things in Aboriginal culture. This one just tries to show it and that's a kind of breakthrough. I felt the film in my bones, more than my brain.”

★★★★½ - The Guardian
“Core to the film is the question of what it means to be an Indigenous Australian in the modern world. Or as Stephen Page, artistic director of Bangarra Dance Company and director of the feature film Spear, once put it to me: “To have a foot in both worlds” – ancient and contemporary.”

Win a double pass to see Gurrumul

We are running an Instagram competition to win one of three prize packs that includes a double pass to see the film plus a copy of Gurrumul’s last album, Djarimirri, released posthumously this month.