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
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 as he struggled to balance his soaring international popularity and traditional Yolngu life. 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.