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.

Year of Release



30 minutes


Digital, Color



Paul Gurrumuruwuy

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.


Jennifer Deger

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.