Outback Romeo and Juliet brought to life

Outback Romeo and Juliet brought to life

Award winning Murdoch University filmmaker, Glen Stasiuk has captured the story of an Aboriginal "Romeo & Juliet," and brought their story of eternal love to the screen. 

His documentary Footprints in the Sand is a story of love for family, country and culture.

WA premiere of Footprints in the Sand and five award winning short Indigenous films
July 8, 4pm - 6pm
Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University
Entry is free, parking available in Carpark 3.
RSVP to 9360 6253 or rsvp@murdoch.edu.au

Footprints in the Sand will also air on SBS television on July 18.

Footprints in the Sand
In the 1930s a Martu couple, Warri and Yatungka fell in love, but Aboriginal marriage lore prevented them from being together. 

"As they were from different skin groups they were not allowed to marry as their children would not have been of the 'right skin'," Mr Stasiuk said. 

"They defied the lore to live as exiles in their own country, leaving to make a new life in the Gibson Desert."

In 1977 a severe drought struck and fears for the couples lives prompted an expedition that returned the elderly couple to the township of Wiluna.

"I was captivated by footage that I saw of Warri and Yatungka being returned and their enduring love for one another."

The documentary is told through the voice of their son Geoffrey 'Yullala Boss' Stewart as he follows the footprints of his parents to his birthplace in the harsh but breathtaking country of the desert.


As part of the celebrations an art exhibition titled Meeting Place showcasing Western Australian Indigenous Art from the Murdoch University collection will be held from July 6 to July 27.

The free exhibition will be held in the Gallery on level 4, north wing of the library.

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