Bush Mechanics


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.


    • 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 Batty
    • Co-Director

    • Francis Kelly
    • Producer

    • Jennifer McMahon
    • Editor

    • David Nixon
    • Camera

    • David Batty
    • Production Manager

    • Kath Shelper
    • Sound Recordist

    • David Tranter

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