Ringtone

Jennifer Deger, Paul Gurrumuruwuy

In a world where everyone has a mobile phone, a personalised ringtone says a lot about you. Welcome to a once-remote Aboriginal community in northern Australia, where individual ringtones reveal rich insights into lives and relationships.

2014
30 minutes
Digital, Color

Directors

Jennifer Deger has worked with Yolngu on experimental media and art for almost twenty years, including the projects Gularri: That Brings Unity (Warrwarrkpuyngu Yolngu Media) and Bol’ngu Dhawu Dhuwalkitjpuy, co-directed with Susan Marrawakamirr. The recipient of a number of research fellowships, including her current position as an ARC Future Fellow at Australian National University, Jennifer has published widely on experimental ethnographic methods, Yolngu aesthetics, and indigenous media.

Paul Gurrumuruwuy is a senior member the Dhalwangu clan from Northeast Arnhem Land. Over the past thirty years he has travelled extensively, first as a performer, and then as creative director of the Yalakun Dancers on tours to Europe and Asia. He has also worked as an actor on a number of Hollywood and Australian films.