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Bush Mechanics

•• 2016

This off-beat series follows the exploits of the Bush Mechanics, a group of engaging Aboriginal characters, as they travel through central Australia.

In each episode, the Bush Mechanics from the remote Warlpiri community of Yuendumu are presented with a new set of challenges – catching a car thief, getting a nephew out of jail, racing to an outback rock concert and travelling thousands of miles to gather pearl shells for a rainmaking ceremony. As they travel through the desert in their clapped-out vehicles, they solve multiple car problems with wacky and inventive bush repair techniques.

A blend of documentary and drama with anecdotes of life in the bush, each of the four episodes illuminates a particular aspect of Warlpiri life from gathering bush tucker and living in a humpy to football and rock and roll.

Combining adventure, mystical realism and a distinctive brand of indigenous humour, the series provides a unique insight into both contemporary and traditional Aboriginal culture.

 Credits
  • The Bush Mechanics are
    SIMEON JUPURRULA ROSS
    STEVEN JUPURRULA MORTON
    ERROL JUPURRULA NELSON
    JUNIOR JUPURRULA WILSON
    RANDALL JUPURRULA WILSONfeaturing
    JACK JAKAMARRA ROSS
    FRANCIS JUPURRULA KELLY
    BANDY JUPURRULA LONG
    JIMMY JAPANANGKA LANGDON,
    WARREN JAPANANGKA WILLIAMS
    LLOYD SPENCER NELSON,and
    ALAN COLLINS
    MATTHEW WHITE
    SIMON JNR FISHER

    with
    DAVID BATTY
    PETER BARTLETT
    STEVE HALL

 

  • Writer / Director
    DAVID BATTYCo-Director
    FRANCIS KELLYProducer
    JENNIFER McMAHONEditor
    DAVID NIXON

    Camera
    DAVID BATTY

    Production Manager
    KATH SHELPER

    Sound Recordist
    DAVID TRANTER