Tnorala is the Aboriginal name for Gosse’s Bluff, a dramatic meteorite impact crater set in a vast plain 175 kilometres west of Alice Springs.
This significant dreaming site for Western Arrernte people is steeped in mystery and tragedy. The story of its creation and the events that occurred there are narrated by Aunty Mavis Malbunka, one of the traditional story-tellers for the place.
Legend says that while stars danced in the Milky Way, a child fell to earth and was lost to its parents, the morning and evening stars, who still search for their baby to this day. Today, ancestors of Tnorala’s traditional owners are remembered and honoured by their descendants and visitors that are drawn to this stunning and eerie landscape.
The film is another fine example of the outstanding documentaries that Warwick Thornton made for CAAMA before he went on to win international acclaim for this first feature, Samson and Delilah in 2009. His haunting cinematography of the awe-inspiring landscapes in and around Tnorala, together with a moody impressionistic music score, make this a remarkable and memorable film.
- Release dates
- 2007 - Australia
- G - general
- Ronin Films
- Max Stuart, David Bridie and Corey Noll
Arrernte language and English subtitles
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Other films by Warwick Thornton
- 1996Pay Back
- 2003Rosalie's Journey
- 2005The Old Man and the Inland Sea
- 2005Green Bush
- 2008Dark Science
- 2009Samson & Delilah
- 2010Art + Soul
- 2013The Turning: Big World
- 2013The Darkside
- 2017We Don't Need A Map
- 2017Sweet Country
- 2019The Beach
- 2020Mystery Road (TV series, Season 2)
- 2023The New Boy
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