Djalu Gurruwiwi is arguably the most important Australian musician alive today. He is a spiritual custodian of Australia's most iconic instrument, the Didgeridoo. He carries with him ancient songlines that have documented our planet's history for the past 60,000 years. Though Djalu is highly respected by those familiar with his music, he has yet to receive the wider recognition that he deserves. Our film aims to amplify his voice.
We have travelled with Djalu for five years now, documenting him play his music to eager audiences across Europe. We have also filmed Djalu and his family across Arnhem Land in Northern Australia.
Now, we wish to take the film back to where Djalu's story began, his spiritual homeland Raragala Island also know as The Hole In The Wall.
Here invited guests, acclaimed global pop star, Gotye, prominent contemporary artist, Ghostpatrol and esteemed international portrait photographer Søren Solkær will join Djalu. Djalu will summon the Baywara Lightning Power and in a magical ending to our film, will share with them some of his people’s most sacred stories and songs. Inspired by his 60,000 year old stories, the artists will collaborate with Djalu, creating music and artwork and thus, will amplify Djalu's message to a worldwide audience.
In this collaboration between two worlds, that uses music
and art as a common language, one that transcends all barriers, we will witness
monumental human transformations and hope that you, the viewer, will also
experience a transformation of your own; one of knowledge that will bring you
to a closer understanding of this culture, not preserving or encapsulating but
keeping alive one of the world’s oldest stories. To complete the final chapter
of this crucial documentary, we need your help.
Djalu Gurruwiwi– Djalu, his stories and songs are the subject of our film. Djalu is the leader of the Galpu clan of North Eastern Arnhem Land in Australia. He is a feared warrior and esteemed healer, and a spiritual custodian of the Yidaki, an instrument better known internationally as the Didgeridoo.
Ben Strunin - Director and adopted member Djalu’s family. He has travelled
with and filmed Djalu for over five years. Ben's previous film work
includes clients such as Vogue, Vice, Very Nearly Almost, Agent Provocateur,
Johnny Walker, EMI and All Tomorrow's Parties.
Gotye– Grammy Award winning Australian musician, Gotye, will travel to The Hole in the Wall with Djalu and listen to his stories and songs. From there, he will sample Djalu’s music, marrying two different cultures through song. Gotye has kindly donated his money and time to come on this journey. Additionally, he has donated AUD$10,000 towards making filming a reality.
Ghostpatrol– One of Australia’s most well known contemporary artists, Ghostpatrol, is donating his time and money to travel to The Hole in the Wall. He will draw and document Djalu and will collaborate with him by painting one of his Yidaki. As with Gotye, Ghostpatrol is contributing AUD$10,000 towards filming costs. Ghostpatrol is also providing artwork as a perk for donating, please see the list of perks for more information!
Søren Solkær– Søren is one of the world’s most renowned portrait photographers, he has shot David Lynch, Pharrell Williams, Adele, Christopher Walken, The White Stripes, Paul McCartney, Björk and Amy Winehouse to mention just a few. Søren is travelling with the team to Raragala Island to shoot portraits of Djlau. Søren has kindly offered to donate one of these prints as a perk in return for backing this project. Please see the list of perks for more information!
Christos Tsiolkas- Christos is an award winning Australian author, playwright, essayist and screenwriter. His 2009 novel, The Slap, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Novel. Christos is script consultant for this film.
Nick Cave- World renowned Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor, Nick Cave has one of the best, most resonant voices in music today and so we are honoured that he has offered to do our voiceover.
Reka &Anthony Lister - Two of the world's most famous street artists are contributing to the film in post production by working on animations that illustrate Djalu's phenomonal power to cross between worlds and cultures. Reka has already handpainted animations of Djalu dancing, seen below.
Kate Pappas– Producer
To be confirmed– Director of Photography & Sound engineer.
Your generous contribution to this project will go towards production costs of this final part of filming. The full costings are below:
The AUD$20,000 that Ghostpatrol and Gotye have kindly donated will fund chartering boats to and from Raragala Island, one of the biggest costs of this part of the film, in addition to covering their airfares and accommodation costs. Their belief in, and dedication to, this project and the role of music and art in uniting communities is unwavering and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their generosity.
We are aiming to film this final part of the documentary in August 2014. All of our crew are available at this time, so it is the best opportunity for us.
We will meet our team in Melbourne and travel from there to Arnhem Land. From here, the team will travel to Raragala Island, aka The Hole in the Wall, in the Wessel Islands off of the coast of Northern Australia.
Our very best pals have come together to offer you some great perks in return for contributing to our campaign, check them out below!
$5 Thank you!
Thank you for your contribution, every little helps!
$10 The Website Thank You
Your name will be listed on a special contributors section on our website
$15 The Baywara Postcard
1 x special Baywara postcard, printed on recycled paper, signed by director Ben. Postage included!
$25 The Baywara Poster
1 x special edition A2 Baywara poster, printed on recycled paper, signed by director Ben. Please include $5 for UK postage and $15 for international postage.
$35 The Gotye MP3
1 x digital download of an exclusive track that Australian musician, Gotye, is making especially for this campaign. The song will be based on Gotye's time with Djalu at Raragala Island.
$60 The Baywara T-Shirt
1 x screenprinted organic t-shirt, designed especially for this campaign by street artist Dscreet. Please include $5 for UK postage and $15 for international postage.
$100 The Baywara Bundle
1 x Baywara postcard and poster signed by director Ben, the Gotye MP3 and the Baywara t-shirt designed by Dscreet. Please include $5 for UK postage and $15 for international postage.
$150 The Ghostpatrol Print
1 x limited edition handpulled, signed A2 screenprint by contemporary artist Ghostpatrol. The image was based on the word Baywara, which means Lightning Power. Limited to 100 pieces. Please include $5 for UK postage and $15 for international postage.
$300 The Søren Solkær Photograph
1 x signed A3 fine art photograph printed on Hahnemühle paper. Soren will take this photograph with Djalu on the island of Raragala. Please include $5 for UK postage and $15 for international postage.
$1,000 The Dscreet Original
1 x Original Artwork on a 36 x 24 inch canvas by street artist Dscreet, based on the word "Baywara" plus the Baywara t-shirt, the Gotye MP3, the A2 poster and postcard signed by director Ben. Free postage! Limited to 5.
$2,000 The Reka Animation Cells
1 x set of 60 handpainted animation cells of Djalu's morphing transition from Florence Italy performance to Wallaby Beach homeland in Australia by the contemporary artist Reka. Free postage! Limited to 1.
$3,000 The Associate Producer Bundle
1 x Associate Producer credit on Baywara The Film. 1 x signed Artist Proof screenprint by Ghostpatrol. 1 x a signed Artist Proof Photograph by Søren Solkær plus the Baywara t-shirt by Dscreet, the A2 poster and postcard signed by director Ben. Free postage! Limited to 5.
$6000 The Djalu Yidaki Co-Producer Bundle
1 x co-producer credit on Baywara the Film. 1 x Yidaki, better known as the didgeridoo, handmade by Djalu. 1 x one on one Yidaki lesson with our pal Bear from Aboriginal Arts UK (UK residents only, must be able to travel to London). 1 x Aboriginal Arts t-shirt. 1 x CD of Djalu's music. 1 x Baywara t-shirt, poster, postcard and the Gotye MP3. Free postage! Limited to 5 bundles.
$10,000 The Djalu Yidaki Executive Producer Bundle
1 x Executive Producer credit on Baywara the Film. 1 x Yidaki, better known as the didgeridoo, handmade by Djalu. 1 x one on one Yidaki lesson with Bear from Aboriginal Arts. 1 x CD of Djalu's music. 1 x Baywara t-shirt, poster, postcard and the Gotye MP3. Plus a post-production meeting with director Ben Strunin to view the rushes and review. Ben will also take you for dinner to discuss the movie further. Open to UK and Australian contributors, Australian backers must be able to meet Ben in either Sydney or Melbourne in August 2014.
As with any film production, we will face our challenges. For us, the main risk is the weather when we take the charter boat to Raragala. Djalu's ill-health is also a concern. It is for this reason that we are aiming to complete production with efficiency and urgency in August 2014.
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With sincere gratitude and thanks, The Baywara Team.