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  • Northern Lights
  • Northern Lights

Northern Lights

SKU: DVD-0414
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    Indigenous football legends Andrew McLeod and Michael Long are at the centre of this lively and engaging portrait of NT Thunder, a new Aussie rules team with 60 per cent Indigenous players and a bold new strategy for community engagement.

    Narrated by Colin Friels and with an original music score by award-winning composers Antony Partos and David McCormack, the film gives us remarkable 'behind the scenes' access to the rapid emergence of NT Thunder since its creation in 2009 as a senior football team based in Darwin and representing the Northern Territory. Many of its team members travel thousands of kilometres every week from areas as distant as Bathurst Island, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Jabiru and Katherine.

    The team is the brainchild of footballer Michael Long, who used his high profile and influence to attract funding for the concept of a new pathway for talented Indigenous players to reach their AFL potential whilst simultaneously promoting education, health and general wellbeing. The strict rule applying to all team members is that they must be either working or studying. There are no exceptions. Even a player who is vital to the team,s finals' success who leaves his job will be promptly dropped from the team.

    In the course of the NT Thunder's emergence, we gain insights into many team members, especially Carlos Burarrawanga from the community of Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island. The son of the late George Burarrawanga, the enigmatic lead singer of the Warumpi Band, Carlos sees his entry into the Thunder as a responsibility to serve as a role model for young men in his community.

    This is a 'warts and all' story of positive outcomes, about a brotherhood that refuses to be stopped, despite difficulties and challenges along the way: a brotherhood where black and white Australia are one.

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