Aunty Maggie & The Womba Wakgun


Aunty Maggie struggles to feed her three boys. One day, short of cash, she swaps a box of tobacco for a rooster and some chooks.

Hardly settled in the pressure is on for the chooks to lay eggs. "We want eggs," chant the boys and each day Aunty Maggie searches the nests for results of the rooster's work—but no luck.

"You're supposed to be the man, you Womba Wakgun," aunty yells to the rooster, dreaming of roasting him for a good feed. "He's driving me Womba!"

The next day, while doing her usual check, she finds the rooster lifeless. A sabotage act by the neighbour? Panic sets in, but Aunty Maggie knows what to do: She performs CPR and miraculously revives the bird.

Hence forth the rooster is pampered by the textbook and kept in the house, not in the shed until, one day, one of the sons comes running back with eggs.

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Still image from 'Aunty Maggie And The Womba Wakgun'.
Who could escape the presence of witty Aunty Maggie?


Rachel Maza - Aunty Maggie
Kelton Pell - Uncle Peter
Lola Forester
Release dates
2009 - Australia
Best Australian Film - 2010 Heart Of Gold International Film Festival, Gympie, Queensland
G - general

Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun is based on a true story about Angelina's Aunty (Grandma Margaret Johnson) as happened in the Holland Park in Brisbane in the 1950s. Her aunty saved a chicken that almost drowned by using her own mouth.

There is no literal translation for chicken. "Womba wakgun" was the closest writer Angelina Hurley could find to it.

The film was bought by Qantas for in-flight screenings on national and international flights.

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