Willigan’s Fitzroy (2000)

Willigan’s Fitzroy is based around the small Aboriginal community of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia. Through the eyes of Joe Ross, the local Aboriginal CDEP Coordinator, we take an informal look at the Bunaba tribe of this region, their lives, their culture and the modern infrastructures they are developing to make their community both financially viable and culturally auspicious.

We also reflect on the Australian government’s decision to dam the Fitzroy River and the fight that the Bunaba people put up to save it. To the Aboriginal people from this region of Australia the river is the source of all life. We look at the livelihood it brings to the Bunaba tribe and the effect it would have on this community both culturally and financially if the river were to be dammed.

24 minute Documentary
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series 11
Director Warwick Thornton

Willigan’s Fitzroy (2000) from CAAMA on Vimeo.

DVD available from Ronin Films.

Further clips and teachers notes are available from Australian Screen. If you intend to use this film in the classroom please purchase an educational copy from the Ronin Films.


Director/Writer Warwick Thornton
Sound David Tranter
Kevin Oscar
Jo Ross
Bruce Williams

Special thanks: Bunuba People, Ngarinuin People, Worla People, Kija People, Gooniyandi People, Wamami Community and Yaranggi Cattle Company.

Produced in association with ABC Television.