Cinematographer Dean Semler

Cinematographer Dean Semler
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Director Ian Dunlop talks about working with cinematographer Dean Semler on the five-part Film Australia documentary The Djungguwan of Gurka'wuy filmed in 1976, about the Djungguwan ceremony. Excerpts of the original film are shown.

This ceremony was held on Marrakulu land (Gurka'wuy, on Trial Bay) and was primarily initiated and organised by Dundiwuy and Mithili Wanambi, senior Marrakulu clansmen.

The Marrakulu/Rirratjingu clan event shows the relationship between the Yolngu and their art, song, dance and land.

Djungguwan at Gurka'wuy is not just a film of a ceremony but much more: it tells us what the land means to Dundiwuy, and it shows the connection between people, clans, song, dance, art and land.

This version comes from the 2006 Film Australia National Interest Program DVD, Ceremony: The Djungguwan of Northeast Arnhem Land, produced in association with Denise Haslem Productions. It was made in collaboration with Yirrkala Dhanbul Community Association and the Rirratjingu Association.