In his recent post Music of the Spinifex Country (March 16) –  aboriginalartandculture.wordpress.com – Will Owen describes his recent experience viewing Ooldea, a film made in 2006.  The documentary is a wonderful story of the highs and lows of a unique musical collaboration between Australian composer Iain Grandage and the Spinifex elders of the Western Desert.

Grandage has long fostered a connection with Indigenous music, and his link to the Spinifex goes back to a project in 2002, when as Will Owen describes, he “became infected with the rhythms and melodies of the ceremonial inma.”

Spinifex followers will recognise established artists Roy Underwood, Simon Hogan, Fred Grant, Allan Jamieson with appearances by Lawrence Pennington and Lennard Walker. While this film is not about their paintings, it conjures the spirit of the their land and the songlines that underpin their work.

Ooldea has previously screened on SBS, for a full description read Will’s blog which in itself is a poetic account of this marvellous film. Perhaps it will show up again on NITV!

Ooldea a film from Marcom Projects (2006)