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.
In Yolngu lore the name, image and voice of the recently departed is retired from all public use. A very rare exception has been made by Gumatj and Gälpu clan leaders for Gurrumul. Three days before his death he approved this film. It remains unchanged since this time.
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.
There’s more about the film, the trailer and a list of participating cinemas here. PG from April 25
“A rich, dense, stirring and soulful work…” The Guardian
“Profound and transporting.” The Hollywood Reporter
“A remarkable film.” The West Australian
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