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Lurujarri Dreaming DVD
These are special independent copies... the film has gone into official distribution with RONIN Films. ALL of the proceeds from the independent sales go towards recouping the costs for everyone who worked on the film.

 Lurujarri Dreaming tells the stories of the Goolarabooloo community of Western Australia, and their connection to sacred country. Travel along the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail that follows the Songcycle north from Broome, through Dreamtime and history. Along the way hear stories told by elders, children, women and men about their vision for reconciliation and caring for Country. Featuring a sublime musical score by Deadly Award winning Kimberely musicians Alan and Stephen Pigram, Lurujarri Dreaming tells the stories of a people and a place that are currently threatened by massive industrialisation


The film will screen this year at the Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium held at the University of Oklahoma Feb. 27-March 1st, 2014. Our festival theme this year is "Homelands" which will explore the deep rooted and dynamic link between land and Indigenous cultural identity. Several feature films, short films, and panel discussions will explore economic, spiritual, political, and ecological concerns that have land at their center. It will also be screened at the CinĂ©-Ethnographie Series in Berlin as organised by The Anthropology Institute, the Ethnomusicology Institute and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.
 In July last year, Lurujarri Dreaming won an award for 'Best Indigenous Film' at the Heart of Gold International Film Festival (see photo attached of Senior Law Boss Phillip Roe and the Goolarabooloo family with the award), and was screened at the Down Under Berlin Film Festival, where it made its European premier in mid September 2013.

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Lurujarri Dreaming was recently selected for the Down Under Berlin Film Festival, the Costa Rica International Film Festival 2013, and won the BEST INDIGENOUS FILM award at the Heart of Gold International Film Festival 2013. 

You will also be able to see it on free to air TV - NITV/SBS later this year in November. It will be available via SBS catch-up service online if you miss it, and also on remote community television stations such as Goolari.

In November, DVD's of Lurujarri Dreaming will be available for sale online.

We are currently developing the educational outcome that will accompany the film. This is a big project and we are also seeking funding for this aspect which will include an interactive website and study guide linked to the Australian National Curriculum.


Woodside Petroleum pulled out of the proposal to process LNG at Walmadany in April this year, which has been a massive relief for the Goolarabooloo and other people in the Broome community.Unfortunately the fight continues to save this land, it's Songlines and the Lurujarri Heritage Trail, as WA Premier Colin Barnett is continuing his push to compulsorily aquire the land. He is intent on building a port  as part of his plan to industrialize the Kimbereley and in his own words, tranform Broome into 'the next Dubai'. 

Please follow the links on the right for more information, and details on how to help.

Storytellers /Cultural Consultants/Production Consultants:
The Goolarabooloo Community, including : Senior Goolarabooloo Law Boss Joseph Roe,   Goolarabooloo Law Boss Phillip Roe, Margaret Cox, Keisha Roe, Goolarabooloo Law Boss Richard Hunter, Theresa Roe, Brian Councillor, Aggie Cox, Franz Hoogland, Terry Hunter, Juan McMahon, Jack Dimer
Narrator: Brian Councillor
Associate Producer : Fran Dobbie
Executive Producer : Levi Tamou
Director/Producer/Editor/Lead Animation, Artwork: Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman
Animators: Alesh Macak Curtis Moyes, Jefferson Skinner, Grant Osborne, 
Musicians: Stephen and Alan Pigram
Sound Designers : Oren Gerassi, Claire Deak, Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman
Assistant Sound Designer : Gabielle Norden
Cinematographers: WyldeClan - Luke and Sharna Campbell

Paddy Roe- the late Senior Goolarabooloo Custodian- won an order of Australia medal for initiating the Lurujarri Heritage Trail in 1988. His vision encompassed the Goolarabooloo tribe walking together with non-indigenous people along their Songline, learning about the Goolarabooloo way of life and spiritual connection to country.Today, the Goolarabooloo are still carrying out his vision, albeit the pressures of the resource industry.
This 28 minute animated documentary outlines the Goolarabooloo tribe’s recent history and rich cultural connection to country, using the nine day Lurujarri Heritage Trail as it’s main structural thread. The main narrator, a young Goolarabooloo tracker named Brian Councillor, guides the viewer along the Lurujarri Heritage Trail, introducing people and places. Stories are told by a number of Goolarabooloo people, young, old, male and female, and particular stories are told in specific places along the trail – correlating with the history or dreaming story of that place. Bugurregurre or Dreaming stories are accompanied by animated sequences, as are explanations of the Songcycle and its’ importance in transmitting cultural knowledge. The crucial role of  Paddy Roe and his remarkable legacy are highlighted along the way, as is the story of his spiritual connection to the coastal country.

It was through the Lurujarri Heritage Trail that Bernadette met the Goolarabooloo community in 2002, as hundreds of others have done in the past 25 years. In 2009 I returned to Broome to visit the Goolarabooloo again , and this documentary was the outcome of a conversation with the community there. Since then we have recorded oral stories, pored over scripts and storyboards over countless cups of tea. The creative team has grown over time to accomplish a rather large task, and to bring in expertise for specific components of the project.
The film received a $5000 grant from the Hamer Family Fund, and over a hundred people supported the project with online donations through two rounds of crowdfunding - one through Pozible. The majority of this film was self-funded and made possible by the generosity of creatives providing pro-bono work.

To be screened at local and international film festivals, broadcast TV, and most importantly to be distributed to the Goolarabooloo community. 

 The next step will be an online educational package to accompany the documentary.  Alongside this an audio archive for the community will utilize the many hours of oral recordings with the Goolarabooloo, including recordings of traditional language - a crucial element of this archive. 




Still images from the animation


behind the scenes 




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