Putuparri And The Rainmakers


Against the backdrop of Australia's tangled colonial and Aboriginal history, Putuparri and the Rainmakers explores one man's struggle to fulfil his destiny.

Tom "Putuparri" Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands, learning about his traditional culture and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation.

Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions to Kurtal, in the Kimberley's Great Sandy Desert region – traditionally a site of great significance as a place where people ritually make rain – as they fight for their native title claim over the area.

Set against the backdrop of this long fight for the return of traditional lands into the hands of his people, Putuparri and the Rainmakers is an emotional, visually breathtaking story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds.



Release dates
5 August 2015: World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival
Video/DVD release date
March 2016
First Prize at the 2015 Cinefest OZ Festival in Busselton, WA
M - Mature
Ronin Films
David Bridie


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Korff, J 2018, Putuparri And The Rainmakers, <>, retrieved 13 May 2021

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