[ Madman / DVD ]
Release Date: Thursday 11 October 2018
PG Coarse language
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.
Language: English/Yolngu Matha (Gumatj and Gälpu)
"A profound and transporting songline… Paul Damien Williams' poignant film captures the singular qualities - both as an artist and a man - of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, the widely celebrated aboriginal Australian musician known for soulful tenor vocals that blended his traditional cultural heritage and Yolngu language with Western folk, gospel and classical elements. Approaching its reclusive subject with unerring respect, the elegantly composed doc mirrors the gentle power and ethereal hush of Gurrumul's singing." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Goosebump material… a shimmering tribute to an amazing singer, a quiet genius who was never equipped for stardom." - Nick Dent, Time Out