Undeniably, the story of the Coniston massacre has to be told; and told now. We plan to utilise a combination of techniques that include a story teller/ narrator, dramatization of key events/ story beats, interviews and archive.
A key facet of the film has always been to articulate the Warlpiri world view. We wil establish what the Warlpiri were doing around that time, create a sense of their social order, ceremonial life and the impact of the whitefella’s intrusion into their land. But to make a truly original document we also need to be mindful of the Warlpiri perspective in a contemporary sense; to incorporate the Warlpiri world view as a continuum that informs our present day understanding of what happened.
This means taking a uniquely Yapa approach to the storytelling. Francis has wanted to tell this story for a long time. We intend to put him firmly in the picture. He needs to tell the story now because soon it will be too late. Plus, there are still people alive today who were present during the massacre - a unique and important component of the story.
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