Newly released Indigenous short film tells untold stories of the Wave Hill Walk-off and the Gurindji people while also revealing the true significance of the iconic song From Little Things Big Things Grow.
NGUMPIN KARTIYA - Untold Stories of the Gurindji and the Wave Hill Walk-off is a film produced by the Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation, Freedom Day Festival and These Wild Eyes. Released on August 23, this 17-minute documentary film looks at a proud and sometimes difficult past, and also celebrates a bright and better future.
The Gurindji story, immortalised in the Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody classic From Little Things Big Things Grow, is known by many Australians – but often only vaguely. This film sheds light on the pivotal historical events that led to Aboriginal Land Rights and forever changed our nation and the plight of Indigenous people to reclaim their land. And it does so by revisiting the Gurindji community all these years later to hear from the descendants of Vincent Lingiari and those who took a brave stand against power and privilege some 54 years ago.
Filmmaker, Ben McFadyen, says that although many of us might sing along to From Little Things when it comes on the radio, the true significance of this story is yet to be fully comprehended by many Australians.
“I really wanted to get a strong sense of what this song is about,” says McFadyen. “And I wanted to speak with the community directly – the families of Vincent Lingiari and others who walked alongside him – to know what all of this meant to them now.”
Gurindji Traditional Owner Rob Roy, one of the subjects of the film, says the Gurindji community is very pleased with NGUMPIN KARTIYA and hopes it will find a big audience.
“The old people, Vincent Lingiari and others, did so much for our people,” say Mr Roy. “But they also did great things for all Aboriginal people. I think it’s important that people know this. We are so proud of our history and, to this day, we celebrate it every year with the Freedom Day Festival. We hope this film will be seen all across the country and more and more people will hear the truth of our past and come together to celebrate our future.”