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When Adrian Wagg arrived in Arnhem Land in the 1970s, he fell in love with the place and its people, helping the Yolngu to build homes on their ancestral lands and establish their own airline. This moving documentary recounts the life of this gentle giant of a man. But more than this, it tells of the extraordinary 10-day funeral that followed his tragic death in a helicopter accident. Not performed since the arrival of missionaries in the 1930s, the traditional Yolngu ceremony celebrates a remarkable bond, connecting black and white, people and land, past and future.

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Rose Hesp
Rose Hesp
Denise Haslem  Trevor Graham
Executive Producers
Penny Robins
Dir. of Photography
Graham Steel

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity
Production Company
Film Australia Limited