PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS WINS BEST FILM AT 2015 CINEFESTOZ FESTIVAL

19 January 2016

On a recent trip to Australia, I was honoured to be given a preview of the wonderful film Putuparri and the Rainmakers by Nicole Ma. It won best film at the prestigious CineFestOz festival, which you can read about here.

The film spans 20 transformative years in the life of Tom "Putuparri" Lawford as he navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his determination to keep his traditional culture alive. Director Nicole Ma documents Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions to Kurtal, a sacred waterhole in the Great Sandy Desert where they ritually make rain. Kurtal is a site of deep spiritual significance for Putuparri and his family and the subject of a long term native title claim over the area.

Although not on general release in the UK, we have plans to bring it here for a special screening in 2016 ­ watch this space!

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