A feature-length documentary exploring the life of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is in works, Skinnyfish Music confirms today.
A feature length documentary exploring the life and music of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is presently in development, with the production team aiming towards a 2016 cinematic release via Madman Entertainment.
It will be a unique cinematic experience with a soundscape never experienced before – and with the express purpose that it is a film that Gurrumul himself can enjoy, to sit through and listen to.
The documentary will be produced by Shannon Swan and directed by Gurrumul’s close friend Paul Williams, in association with Skinnyfish Music. Shannon Swan is Producer and Director of the 2013 feature documentary ‘Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano’, whilst Paul Williams is producer of Wurray, which premiered at the 2015 Sydney International Film Festival.
Co-producers are Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen from Skinnyfish Music and Gurrumul, with the musical score from Michael Hohnen and Gurrumul. It will be photographed by award winning cinematographer Katie Milwright.
The documentary will submerge the audience in the music, patterns and rhythms of Yolngu life and explore the Yolngu belief system that has shaped Gurrumul as a man and a musician. It will explore the boundaries and challenges that exist for such an artist, and his incredible and unlikely journey from his home on Elcho Island in far north-east Arnhem Land, into the public eye.