Cannibal Story

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.

Beyond its inclusion in We don't need a map, Cannibal Story has also screened in a number of highly celebrated film festivals and screen events around the globe: 

  • Experimenta Recharge 6th International Biennale of Media Art, Melbourne (2014/2015)
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival , UK (2014)
  • DESART. FRAGRANT LANDS: Exhibition of Chinese and Australian Indigenous Art, Shanghai, (2014)
  • 12th Bogotá Short Film Festival, Colombia (2014)
  • Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2014)
  • Desert Animations, Charles Darwin University, Darwin (2014)
  • A Night of Horror International Film Festival, Sydney (2014)
  • Short Film Festival Winterthur, Switzerland (2014)
  • Eerie Horror Film Festival, UK (2014)
  • Angaelica/Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, USA (2014)
  • Marfa Film Festival, Texas USA (2014)
  • Revelation Perth International Film, Australia (2014)
  • St.Kilda Film Festival, Australia (2014)
  • Tampere Film Festival, Finland (2014)
  • Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany (2014)
  • Flickerfest Official Selection, Sydney (2014)
  • Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Melbourne (2014)
  • Boomtown Film and Music Festival, Beaumont, Texas (2014)
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh (2013)
  • Same but Different: Experimentation and Innovation in Desert Arts II, COFA UNSW (2013)
  • Origins: Festival of First Nations, London (2013)
  • ISEA2013| 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sydney (2013)


Production Credits: 
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
Language: Martu with English subtitles

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
 

 

 

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Detail still from Cannibal Story, by Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, animated video with sound, 7 minutes, 2012

Yunkurra Billy Atkins pointing at the projected scene from his and Sohan Ariel Hayes'animated film Cannibal Story, at the opening of We don't need a map, Fremantle Arts Centre 

Projected scene from Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes' animated film Cannibal Story, at the opening of We don't need a map, Fremantle Arts Centre, 2012

Still from Cannibal Story, by Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, animated video with sound, 7 minutes, 2012

Still from Cannibal Story, by Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, animated video with sound, 7 minutes, 2012

Still from Cannibal Story, by Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, animated video with sound, 7 minutes, 2012

Still from Cannibal Story, by Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, animated video with sound, 7 minutes, 2012

Still from Cannibal Story, by Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, animated video with sound, 7 minutes, 2012

Still from Cannibal Story, by Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, animated video with sound, 7 minutes, 2012

Still from Cannibal Story, by Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, animated video with sound, 7 minutes, 2012

Still from Cannibal Story, by Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, animated video with sound, 7 minutes, 2012

Martu artists watching Cannibal Story, at Fremantle Arts Centre, 2012

Erin Coates, John Carty, Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes work on the animation Cannibal Story, 2012

Yunkurra Billy Atkins recording in a sound booth, 2012

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