1987, 17 Minutes
This program shows how the Dreamtime stories inspired authors Percy Trezise and Aboriginal Dick Roughsey to write their popular children’s picture books.
Presenter Kylie Belling takes a trip up to far north Queensland - Quinkin country - to find out more about the increasingly famous Aboriginal rock art sites, and to hear how these paintings have been translated by Percy Trezise and Dick Roughsey into their whimsical stories.
Although Dick has now passed away, Kylie encounters the delightfully eccentric Percy and learns from him how Dreamtime stories were an integral part of everyday life for Aboriginal people. Together they explore the rock paintings which formed the basis of the stories written and illustrated by the pair. Percy also talks about his friendship with Dick and the process of creating their books.
The Quinkins, or Aboriginal spirits, pop up all over the place during Kylie’s visit, and the story of Turramulli the Giant Quinkin is cleverly woven into the film.
Bright and colourful, this program will be a great tool in understanding Dreamtime stories and how these can be translated into books for children.
A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.