Namatjira Project

A middle-aged Aboriginal man in a hat and wearing a checked shirt and vest is drawing in chalk on a blackboard.
Title:
Namatjira Project
NFSA ID:
1526773
Year:
2017
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons

Albert Namatjira was one of those rare artists who actually changed the course of history. The founder of the Indigenous art movement, he became an international icon and was the first Indigenous person to be granted Australian citizenship.

But Namatjira was never fully accepted by white Australia and soon after being wrongfully imprisoned in 1959, he died despondent and broken.

Then, in 1983, the Australian Government sold the rights to his work to an art dealer – despite Namatjira having left his art to his wife and children. Now, almost 60 years after Namatjira’s death, his family want it back.

Working with the Namatjira family, filmmaker Sera Davies takes us on a journey from the sun-blasted deserts of their Aranda (Arrernte) homeland to the lavish opulence of Buckingham Palace, as they fight to have Namatjira’s legacy returned to its rightful home.

A captivating story of Australian race relations lensed through the bitterly contested history of one of our most venerated figures, Namatjira Project is a powerful, important addition to the canon of modern Indigenous culture. 

Associate Producer:
Scott Rankin
Cast:
Scott Rankin, Trevor Jamieson
Cinematographer:
Sera Davies
Composer:
Genevieve Lacey
Director:
Sera Davies
Distributor:
Umbrella Entertainment
Editors:
Ray Thomas, Rosie Jones, Adrian Warburton
Executive Producer:
Julia Overton
Producer:
Sophia Marinos
Production Company:
BIG hART Productions Pty Ltd