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Blind from birth, Indigenous singer/songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is regarded as one of the most important artists ever to come out of Australia. Living a traditional Yolngu life, creating music inspired by his community on Elcho Island in the far northeast of Arnhem Land, Gurrumul shied away from the rewards and obligations that came with fame and notoriety. But with his unforgettable, soulful sound, he captivated audiences across the globe, playing for such luminaries as the Queen and Barack Obama.

Using mesmerizing concert footage and intimate home videos, director Paul Damien Williams delivers a poignant portrait of a complex artist who left us just as the rest of the world was about to embrace him. Ravi Srinivasan

Winner, Audience Award, Perth Film Festival

"A stirring tribute to the late singer, managing to capture the soul of a reclusive and quiet artist who shied away from stardom, but remained dedicated to sharing his gift with the world. 8/10" Kevin Scott, exclaim!

"A profound and transporting songline." David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"For Gurrumul fans, the film is obviously a must-see. For those unfamiliar, or vaguely familiar with his work, it’s an even greater treat: they will be entertained, enthralled, perhaps in some small way changed." Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian

Director Paul Damien Williams
Country of Origin: Australia
Year: 2018
Running Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: 19+
Language:In Yolngu Matha (Gumatj and Galpu), English with English subtitles
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