Warren H Williams, the stories, the songs: Mbantua
A 60 Minutes crew film Warren H Williams and John Williamson around a campfire as they sing a song about 1,000 feet of people having walked through this land. Warren collaborates with Ted Egan. Warren talks about translating the song into Arrernte which makes it a song for everyone.
Summary by Romaine Moreton
The nature of the collaboration between Warren H Williams, John Williamson and Ted Egan is non-conflictive and respectfully done. One cultural perspective is not made to appear to dominate the other.
Warren H Williams, the stories, the songs Synopsis
A documentary about Arrernte musician Warren H Williams, who shares the source of his musical inspiration and the role of family and culture in his personal and professional life.
Warren H Williams, the stories, the songs is part of the Nganampa Anwernekenhe series produced by Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) Productions. Nganampa Anwernekenhe means 'ours’ in the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte lanuages, and the series aims to contribute to the preservation of Indigenous languages and cultures.
Warren H Williams is an Arrernte musician, and in Warren H Williams, the stories, the songs he shares with us the source of his inspiration and his professional accomplishments. Williams was born in Hermannsburg and, inspired by his musical family, became a singer-songwriter himself.
The power of this documentary is in how the filmmakers communicate the relationship Williams has with his country, as well as the significance of his work being rooted in the cultural beliefs of his people. The landscape in this film is depicted as colourful and vibrant, and Warren H Williams communicates this dynamism through his music. Music, story, country and Williams himself are woven into a tapestry of image and song.
Notes by Romaine Moreton