Putuparri and the Rainmakers

On Country, culture and family

The Sunday 12 June 1.30pm movie, Putuparri and the Rainmakers (M, 95min) is a documentary featuring the story of a first nation people whose rituals bring rain.

tom_putuparri_lawford__key_image2Details:  Dir: Nicole Ma. Writ: Paul Elliot, Nicole Ma. Starring: Putuparri Tom Lawford, Wirrali, Nyilpirr Ngalyaku “Spider” Snell and Dolly Juguja Snell

Captured over 10 years, this is the story of Putuparri Tom Lawford, a Kimberley Wangkajunga man, and his long, hard road back to Country.  Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri’s journey, travelling with him and his family in the Kimberley’s Great Sandy Desert region – traditionally a site of great significance as a place where people ritually make rain – as they fight for native title claim over the area.

A side note: one of the many family and friends of Putuparri who were interviewed in the making of this film is actor Ningali Lawford-Wolf, who stars as Michael Caton’s neighbour and friend in Last Cab to Darwin.

Click here for a great article on the making of the documentary and the inspiring first nations people who feature in it.

Tickets: $10/$8 conc.