Land of the Lightning Brothers

Australia, 1987

Film
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In the sandstone country, southwest of Katherine in the Northern Territory, lies a spectacular concentration of Aboriginal rock art. The Lightning Brothers, Yagjadbula and Jabaringa, with wide dark eyes and dramatically striped bodies are ancestral beings who in the Dreamtime helped shape the traditional land of the Wardaman Aboriginal people. This multi-award winning film shows how the Wardaman people see the Lightning Brothers as part of their living culture, and it features the music of “Gondwanaland”. Narrated by Bob Maza.

Credits

director

David Roberts

producer

Janet Bell

production company

Film Australia

Language

English

Duration

00:26:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

35247

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Legends

Aboriginal Australia → Art, Aboriginal Australian

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Aboriginal Australians - Legends

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Katherine (N.T.)

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art, Aboriginal Australian

Crafts & Visual Arts → Rock paintings

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

History → Aboriginal Australians - Legends

Places → Katherine (N.T.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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