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Yolngu Boy


Three boys, two laws, one country... Yolngu Boy tells the story of three teenage boys as they leave childhood behind and pursue their individual destinies. Once very close, their friendship is challenged by many things – loss of tribal and group identity, conflicts with both white and black law, the break up of families, a difficult trek through the Australian bush...

Destined to become a classic, this gound­breaking Australian film is a rich curriculum resource for teachers of students from Years 9 to 12.

Copies of the Yolngu Boy film are available for purchase from Ronin Films.

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Yolngu Boy - Movie Trailer

Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Aboriginal teenagers caught between the modern world and the oldest living culture on Earth. The boys once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters, but things have changed and their paths are diverging. When Botj finds himself on the wrong side of both black and white law, Lorrpu and Milika risk their own future to save their friend. Leaving behind their community, the boys trek through the unforgiving wilderness to Darwin to argue Botj's case with their tribal leader. To survive, they must draw on the ancient bush knowledge they were taught as boys and, most importantly, on their bonds of friendship. A groundbreaking Australian film and Australian Film Institute Award winner, destined to become a classic.



Feature Film

DVD Special Features include:
Original Youth Trailer
Additional Information Pages
Animated Menus
Original Arthouse Trailer
Scene access
Behind the Scenes: On Location Interviews

Year Level

Middle Years (5-9), Senior Secondary and Tertiary

Curriculum Study Areas

Drama (The Arts), English, Media Arts (The Arts), Music (The Arts)




adolescence, identity, rites of passage


Winner: Australian Film Institute Awards

Winner: Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards

Winner: Giffoni Film Festival

Winner: Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)

Winner: Cannes Junior de Ille Maurice Festival
Selected: Telluride Film Festival

Selected: Barcelona International Television Festival