Nuclear memories inspire winning doco

Nyarri Morgan.

A virtual reality journey with Martu elder Nyarri Morgan, who witnessed a nuclear bomb explosion at the British testing site of Maralinga in the 1950s, has won a prize at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in the United States.

The 12-minute documentary Collisions, directed by Australian filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, won the Outstanding New Approaches Award for its state-of-the-art 3D film technology.

“Nyarri waited a very long time before he shared his story beyond his family,” Ms Wallworth said.

“Now we have shared his story in a room full of the international news media.

“When we began working on this story, people told us this was an old story and the nuclear issue was an old issue. Nyarri was prescient around his timing because we are now facing a nuclear crisis on which this story bears powerful resonance.”

As a young man, Mr Morgan was out hunting in the South Australian desert when he witnessed the bomb explosion. It was his first contact with western culture.

Filmed 65 years later, Collisions takes the viewer to join Mr Morgan by the fire as he shares his story.

1 Comment on Nuclear memories inspire winning doco

  1. I am a black Aussie who wants to remind other aborigines that we are the ones who are digging a hole for us in the way we do things. For instance, our kids are truants because there is no culture in our homes.we turn a blind eye to that issue just the same as turning a blind eye to drugs, ice and other bad stuff we use around our homes while speaking about our heritage mainly around our law and culture when addressing ourselves as proud aborigines with an aboriginal name for the sake of authenticity.We nearly always blame the Government for our misfortunes and the ones who do it, are the ones who have jobs, cars, probably own a house or two and little aboriginal blood in them and haven’t experienced what it is like to be a proper outcast. I’m a member of the real deal and I see it in front of me.Proper aborigine or proper Aussie who is still a forgotten member of this country where people are making money off me and my proper mob.Help us and don’t rob us.

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