I must apologise for my pronunciation of Yolngu Boy a couple of weeks ago on the programme. It was not good but I've been practising. It brought home to me that for the young men in the film English is not actually their first language.
Lorrpu, Botj and Milika have an important shared history, they were initiated as men together – amazingly authentic scenes in the film. But now Botj is straying, he's had a stint in gaol and it looks as though he's heading for another after a petrol-sniffing bout that led to him running amok in the local store and community centre. Lorrpu and Milika decide to trek with him to Darwin to plead his case before a tribal elder. Their confrontation with the environment of their heritage brings adventure, danger, fun and maturity...
This is such an impressive film, visually it seems like you're being presented with parts of Australia and Australian life that you've never seen before. The director was Stephen Johnson, a long-time resident of the Northern Territory, a filmmaker who's directed most of Yothu Yindi's music clips – the Yunupingu brothers were associate producers of Yolngu Boy. Johnson's a filmmaker with real visual flair, but working with Chris Anastassiades' screenplay he's managed to bring an authentic depth to this story.
There are simply wonderful performances from three absolute newcomers to the screen – Sean Mununggurr as Botj, John Sebastian Pilakui as Lorrpu and Nathan Daniels as Milika.
Yolngu Boy doesn't present an idealised version of aboriginal traditional life and it doesn't shy away from some of the very real problems confronting many aboriginal communities in the top end... I just thought it was terrific.
Yolngu Boy: The Story Of Three Adolescents
Yolngu Boy is a traditional film which explicitly tells the story about three adolescents, Lorrpu, Milika and Botj. (Johnson, S 2001)The film indicates the obstacles that adolescents would face, such as the peer pressure, the quest of the identities, and conflicts with each others. However, three of them had a same dream which is to become the great hunters. ( Villella, F.A 2001) However, dream is hard to attain. As Botj has just came back from the six months detention as he stole a motorbike. Milika is aspiring in Australia football and interested in girls, fame and cars. Unlike Milika and Botj, Lorrpu is the only one who appreciates and devotes the traditional culture of aboriginal and determinates to become the great hunter(Klindo, M 2001). Although the three main characters are not skilled in the ancient Aboriginal knowledge, they try to make canoe and hunt the prey together to strengthen their friendship and traditional culture during the journey to Darwin. Firstly, this essay will grope the friendship among three of them. Secondly, it will discuss how they connect to the culture.
Initially, their friendship was, but as time has changed and the good days are gone, their friendship is being tested. Each of them is facing different challenges. For instance, Botj has gone to jail as he lost his way in aboriginal and contemporary cultures and violated both cultures’ law. Thus, the community has acknowledged that he is the ‘trouble maker’; especially the elders have given up on him(Villella, F.A 2001). Nevertheless, Lorrpu and Milika haven’t given up on Botj, when he is going back to the prison for the latest crime, Lorrpu convinced Milika and Botj to go to Darwin to find their Aboriginal leader, Dawu, who can save and allow Botj to stay in the community(Yolngu Boy Education 2000). Even though, they have loads of conflicts with each other when they get lost after the canoe turned over, they still draw on a combination to help each others, after they argued(Australian Consulate-General 2001). They work together when they get lost in the forest as they realized that they can’t get out from the forest individually. Hence they make tools and hunt prey together. When they hunt a sea turtle successfully, they were extremely excited and formed a circle to sing songs and dance. Constantly, their friendship rebuilds. Meanwhile, the way they used to survive when they encounter the lands which lead them to reconnect to their culture.
On the way to Darwin, the connection between the land and the boys start as they resorted to their ancient cultural practices of hunting and gathering that they learnt as children in order to survive(the Australian children’s television 2000). They face starvation and thirsty, while Botj’s injured arm was getting worst. Lorrpu painted himself as the ancestral beings and hunt the lizard with a spear. Also, he walks like the lizard, and that is what he has learnt since a child. ‘When our old people walk on the...
Loading: Checking Spelling0%