The charismatic and inspirational frontman of the Warumpi Band, George Rrurrambu Burarrawanga, hailed from Elcho Island, off the coast of Arnhem Land.
Popularly known for his energetic stage performances and charismatic character, his fans revered him as the ‘black Mick Jagger’.
George moved to Papunya (northwest of Alice) to get married and joined Sammy Butcher, his brother-in-law, in a band named after a small local community and honey-ant dreaming site.
With Sammy on guitar, his brother Gordon on drums and songwriter Neil Murray, they took to the road.
The first musicians ever to release a pop record in an Aboriginal language - 'Jailanguru Pakarnu' or 'Out of Jail' - they rocked Australia from the Centre out in the '80s.
He left a legacy that changed the face of Aboriginal music, uniting his own people and promoting reconciliation. George Rrurrambu died a rock and roll legend in 2007 and there is no other quite like him. For the first time, this is his story.
Steven McGregor’s impressive documentary, filled with interviews, clips and scorching music, follows George’s story, from his island home to his premature demise.
- Release dates
- 15 June 2013 - World premiere at the Sydney Film Festival
- M - Mature
- Night Sky Films
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Other films by Steven McGregor
- 1996Marn Grook
- 2002Cold Turkey
- 2006My Brother Vinnie
- 2009In a League Of Their Own
- 2010Tales From The Daly: 'Nauiyu Nambiyu'
- 2010Intervention – 2 Years On
- 2011Running to America
- 2012Croker Island Exodus
- 2016Servant or Slave
- 2017The Warriors
- 2018Black Comedy (Season 3)
- 2019Blue Water Empire
- 2019Black Comedy (Season 4)
- 2020Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky
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