Posted on February 20, 2014 - by Holly
Namatjira is a film about friendship.
More than fifty years after his death, the legacy of internationally acclaimed artist Albert Namatjira continues to transform relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people around the world.
What can a friendship tell us about a nation? When the Namatjira family explore the story of their grandfather, iconic Aboriginal painter Albert Namatjira, the collaboration with his white mentor and subsequent friend Rex Battarbee shines through. The family invite contemporary cross cultural collaborators and virtuosic theatre makers, Scott Rankin and Trevor Jamieson, to stage a play about Albert’s remarkable life. As it tours nationally and internationally, Trevor and Scott lay open their own friendship and creative process, exposing tensions that mirror those of contemporary Australia. Namatjira examines whether friendship, risk and trust across difference can create a path to real reconciliation.
The Namatjira documentary will be released in conjunction with a social impact campaign that will activate audiences to support the Namatjira artists and Western Aranda communities achieve better life opportunities. We want many thousands of people to share in this great story, to connect with the broader project and feel empowered to help make a change.
What are the aims of the Namatjira documentary?
- To build a brighter future for Western Aranda watercolour artists, future generations of artists, and their families and communities;
- To promote the Namatjira Legacy Trust – supporting a return of copyright to the Namatjira family;
- To promote intercultural understanding and dialogue