Uluṟu’s Wintijiṟi Wiru: New doco premieres on Qantas flights for NAIDOC

Uluṟu’s Wintijiṟi Wiru: New doco premieres on Qantas flights for NAIDOC
Edited by Travel Weekly


    A captivating new documentary on the making of Uluṟu’s cultural storytelling sensation, the Wintjiri Wiṟu laser light and drone show, will air on Qantas inflight entertainment this month as part of the airline’s  NAIDOC collection.

    NAIDOC Week is celebrated in July each year to honour the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    The short film, An Ancient Story Takes Flight, offers viewers a behind-the-scenes insight into the award-winning show at Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru, which uses 1100 drones and cutting-edge laser, light and sound technology to tell the ancient creation story of the Aṉangu – the Traditional Owners of Uluṟu.

    Wintjiri Wiru Working Group together with Voyages during the development of the experience (from left) Harry Wilson, Rene Kulitja, Denise Brady and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia regional engagement director Phill Pallas.

    With Uluṟu as its backdrop, the documentary offers a glimpse into how ancient tradition and modern technology fused together to bring the show to life, and how Aṉangu guided Ayers Rock Resort through the project – setting a new, world-leading standard in respecting Indigenous Intellectual Property protocols and Indigenous consultation.

    “Uluṟu and Qantas are Australian icons, so it feels like a natural fit for this special film to take flight and premiere on board Qantas,” Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia CEO Matt Cameron-Smith, said.

    “We’re grateful to Aṉangu for allowing us to share their story, and for their guidance throughout Wintjiri Wiru’s phenomenal journey.”

    The only other place to view the film is the Arkani Theatre at Ayers Rock Resort, from NAIDOC Week onwards. The film screenings will join a suite of NAIDOC events held from 7 July to 14 July, including a Pop-Up Australian Native High Tea, themed dinners, Jarrah Boy beer tastings, markets and live bands.

    Feature image: Wintjiri Wiru Kurpany, the Uluru light show from Voyages Indigenous Tourism.

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