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.
Set in the harsh beauty of North East Arnhem Land, Yolngu Boy is the story of three boys caught in a collision between the modern world and the oldest living culture on earth. As an educational resource Yolngu Boy focuses on the search for identity, making the journey from adolescence to adulthood and the implications of belonging to a larger social group, whether it be a culture, a family or a group of friends.
The free online resources provided in this teaching kit give teachers and students the opportunity to explore the cultural and indigenous issues presented in Yolngu Boy, as well as the film's history and production process. It has relevance to many Secondary and Tertiary courses where Australian themes and Indigenous issues are taught: Film and Media Studies, Dance, English, Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Anthropology and Sociology.
This teaching kit includes a trailer, Media Kit and a direct link through to the Yolngu Boy website, featuring:
Introduction, synopsis and a Study Guide by Libby Tudball, produced by the Australian Teachers of media (ATOM) including learning activities for Upper Secondary students. The key themes discussed in this Study Guide include:
Behind the Scenes
Information about the making of Yolngu Boy including casting decisions, film production and choosing locations.
A History of the Yolngu
The language, culture and environment of the Yolngu people.
Copies of the Yolngu Boy film are available for purchase from Ronin Films.
Curriculum Study Areas