The Witchdoctor and the Windmill…
By Roslyn Premont, Posted Jan 15, 2021
Daughter!! was the way she summoned me in her booming voice… she was a force to be reckoned with! …..Now we will all get a chance to know Linda Syddick Napaltjarri through the movie…
It was with real excitement when we heard about the making of a documentary on the life of Linda Syddick Napaltjarri. Linda was one of our first artists in the Gondwana Studio, back in the early days of Gallery Gondwana in 1990. She was a extraordinary personality and highly individual artist who later became recognised by academics, curators and collectors worldwide.
Titled The Witchdoctor and the Windmill the film has been accepted for fiscal support by the Documentary Australia Foundation. They confer Deductible Gift Recipient status for donors. This is a coup for the film as Australian donors receive a concession on their tax.
The filmmakers are seeking for the completion funding necessary to bring it to picture lock and final post-production. They are optimistic that this should help to expedite the film to final cut and distribution of what has been a 7-year project.
Documentary Australia foundation states: ‘The film will initiate interest, promote awareness, and enliven curiosity to achieve a better-informed public. Linda’s art and stories of traditional life on Pintupi homelands and the coming in period hold powerful personal meanings for individuals, families, and communities across all sides of the inter-cultural frontier’.
I feel very enriched to have worked so closely with her right from the beginning. All the team members of the time have incredible memories of interaction with her and of the stories of first contact, missionaries and of course her paintings of ET, the extra-terrestrial being in Spielberg’s movie who couldn’t return home and with whose pain she identified with. It is wonderful that this film has been made and we look forward to its release.