Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji follows the journey of acclaimed Pitjantjatjara actor, Trevor Jamieson, as he returns to his traditional country to perform his hit stage show Ngapartji Ngapartji to an all-Indigenous audience in the remote Australian Aboriginal community of Ernabella, South Australia.
Trevor has struggled to hold on to his language and culture while living away from his traditional country. Ngapartji Ngapartji is a live theatre performance in two languages; its audiences are usually fluent in English rather than Pitjantjatjara. 2,500 kilometres from the recent five-week, sell-out Sydney Festival season, against the magnificent backdrop of the Central Australian desert, Trevor is preparing to face his toughest audience yet.
The film follows the Ngapartji Ngapartji team’s journey to Ernabella and the in situ performance of their acclaimed show. It is terrible timing for Trevor, whose father, a central character in the stage show, passed away only weeks before. Not only does Trevor have to confront his grief in order to deliver the performance, he also has to grapple with the decision to risk breaking traditional law by saying his father’s name, acting the part of him, and showing footage of him as part of the show. Is Trevor going to get a knock on the head?
- Trevor Jamieson
Amanyi Dora Haggie
Kawaki (Punch) Thompson
- Release dates
- 2010 - Australia
- Video/DVD release date
- Finalist - Best biography, ATOM Awards 2010 Finalist - Global Social Change Film Festival 2011 El Capitan Award - 2011 Yosemite Film Festival
- G - general
- Ronin Films
- Damian Mason
Movie website: www.nothingrhymeswithngapartji...
Language project website: www.ngapartji.org
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