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LAST OF THE NOMADS, THE

Year: 1997

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G

Runtime: 52 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Mathew Kelley

Produced By: Peter Du Cane, Samantha Kelley

Language: English

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Like an antipodean version of Romeo and Juliet, it emerges that Warri and Yatungka became the last nomads because they had married outside their tribal laws and eloped to the most inaccessible of regions. In 1977 the land was stricken by a severe drought and their tribal elders mounted a search for them with the help of a party of white men led by Dr Bill Peasley and one of their own number, a childhood friend named Mudjon. The film takes Dr Peasley back into the desert to relive his momentous journey with Mudjon and culminates with poignant archival footage of the elderly couple found naked and starving.

"Every once in a while, television delivers a programme that is truly a special event. This is one such show ... it offers an invaluable and poignant insight into Aboriginal culture." - Courier Mail, Brisbane.

"If you want television that engages the heart as well as the mind, don't miss this one." - The West Australian.

  • WINNER! GOLD MEDAL, New York Film & Television Festival

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