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Liyarn Ngarn (Unfinished business)

Mhando, M. and Murray, L.ORCID: 0000-0002-2366-7460 (2007) Liyarn Ngarn (Unfinished business). [Documentary] [Creative Output]


“Liyarn Ngarn”, in the Yawuru language of the West Kimberly region around Broome, means “Coming Together of the Spirit”. Liyarn Ngarn represents a thirty year long mission of Indigenous leader and Yawura man, Patrick Dodson, to bring about a lasting and true reconciliation between the original owners and the immigrants.

Liyarn Ngarn is a compelling documentary that tells of the devastation and inhumanity bought upon Indigenous people in every aspect of their daily lives. Personal stories of injustice are recounted by renowned English actor Pete Postlethwaite, as told to him by Patrick Dodson and Bill Johnson, an old English school friend, whose Indigenous son Louis died tragically.

Respected songman, Archie Roach, adds his powerful lyrics and voice to this often painful, yet inspiring, journey of strength.

Liyarn Ngarn aims to change peoples’ perception and attitude to Indigenous people and to assist with the process of true and lasting reconciliation. It is also offers some kind of meaningful epitaph to the Indigenous lives lost through sheer inhumanity.

Item Type: Creative Output
DirectorMhando, Martin
ActorDodson, P.
ActorPostlethwaite, P.
ActorRoach, A.
ProducerPostlethwaite, P.
EditorTeo, D.
MusicianRoach, A.
Sound ProductionMurray, Leo
Company Credits: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
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Other Information: - The English actor, Pete Postlethwaite, having been in Australia for film work, runs into a former schoolmate, Bill Johnson. Johnson's son had died in a sad and shameful situation of racial prejudice. Postlethwaite sets out to investigate the social status of indigenous people in Australia, uncovering many cruel and prejudicial aspects of law and administration. He hosts a gathering of many of the victims of such treatment, many now elderly. Though having carried wounds all their lives, they have a sort of resilient strength that is remarkable and uplifting to Pete. As an Englishman, he had had no idea of this disgraceful aspect of the government of what had begun as British colony under British legal principles. - Nominated for Human Rights Award in Australia
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