Kumpupirntily (Lake Disappointment) is the dangerous heart of Martu country in the Western Desert, Western Australia – it is a place where cannibal beings live beneath the surface of the salt lake, a place where Martu fear to tread. Yunkurra Billy Atkins is the great animator of the dark narratives that score this country, and his beguiling paintings have intrigued and challenged art lovers for many years. Now new audiences are invited into the world of his art, his imagination and his country, as Yunkurra’s paintings are brought to life through a unique collaboration with award-winning animator Sohan Ariel Hayes. Cannibal Story gives sound and motion (and a touch of violence) to the beauty and danger of Yunkurra’s wondrous, original paintings.
Cannibal Story has been selected for the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Narration: Yunkurra Billy Atkins
Director: Sohan Ariel Hayes
Script Editor/Screen Writer: John Carty
Translation: Desmond Taylor
Animation: Sohan Ariel Hayes, Juan Zubiaga, Guy Pendergrast, Toby Smith-Tan, Michael Lightfoot
Storyboards: Michael Lightfoot
Sound design: Roly Skender
Producer: Erin Coates
Executive Producer: Gabrielle Sullivan
This is a co-production of Fremantle Arts Centre, City of Fremantle and Martumili Artists, Shire of East Pilbara
Supported by: Martu People Limited and BHP Billiton
Language: Martu with English subtitles
Running time: 6:52 minutes