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Yolngu Boy (2001)

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Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Yolngu (Aboriginal) teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together. But as teenagers they changed: Botj did bad things ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Sean Mununggurr ...
Botj
John Sebastian Pilakui ...
Lorrpu
Nathan Daniels ...
Milika
Lirrina Mununggurr ...
Yuwan
Makuma Yunupingu ...
Matjala
Nungki Yunupingu ...
Dawu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Galitju Burarrwanga ...
Dhunthun
Garry Dhurrkay ...
Umpire
Jose Element ...
Policeman at Wharf (as Joe Clements)
Grant Gambley ...
Djarrak Player
Merrki Ganambarr ...
Botj's Mother
Garritjpi Garawirrtja ...
Botj (9 years)
Gerard Buyan Garrawurra ...
Lunginy
Gurumin Marika ...
Crowd #1
Maggie Miles ...
Snorkel Woman
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Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Yolngu (Aboriginal) teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together. But as teenagers they changed: Botj did bad things which landed him in jail one time, and Milika is more interested in being a good football player and in chicks! Only Lorrpu is still closer to Aboriginal traditions and to their common dream. One night Botj goes too far and he's about to return to jail. Lorrpu must weigh up his own future against saving the future of his friend. Therefore the three boys start to trek to Darwin to argue Botj's case with tribal leader Dawu. To survive during their hard journey in the bush and the forest, they must use the ancient Aboriginal knowledge, Botj's street instinct, and the bonds of their friendship. Written by Raphael JULLIEN <jraf3615@yahoo.com.au>

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Definiely worth watching...
16 March 2001 | by (Darwin, Australia) – See all my reviews

Many of my workmates had seen this, commented extremely positively and included the comment that they hoped that the Aboriginal kids would watch it. I have to admit that I was also impressed by Stephen Johnson's effort. I hope that a few in the public service and politics also watch this.

It doesn't mince around the issues plaguing many Aboriginal communities today in the Top End including that of petrol sniffing. Yet there is hope in this movie. As well as despair there is resilience evident.

Some commentators have commented on the script saying it has lacked that special something. I would comment that it is actually an accurate representation of how many Aboriginal people speak in this part of the world. It is realistic.

I really enjoyed the punchy cinematography and the music which was unobtrusive yet competely effective.

Definitely worth watching.


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