Words by Yaliilan Windle
The film ‘Top End Wedding’, written by Indigenous actress Miranda Tapsell and author Joshua Tyler, is jam packed with an Indigenous star studded cast, with the likes of Rob Collins, Shari Sebbens, Elaine Crombie, Dalara Williams, Ursula Yovich, Tessa Rose, Bernard Tipiloura and Lynette Marie Johnson. ‘Top End Wedding’ is a romantic comedy centred on the characters of Lauren and Ned, who with ten days until their wedding must find Lauren’s mother who has gone missing within the remote far north of Australia.
The movie includes issues around family dynamics, intercultural marriage and everyday relationship challenges. The Tiwi ladies choir at the wedding was such a beautiful touch and was quite enjoyable to watch and listen to. Including the Tiwi language was such a beautiful touch, and allows for the audience to see the importance of Indigenous languages and culture being passed down, taught and continued on for eternity.
The cinematography is breathtakingly stunning, continually showcasing the beauty of the Northern Territory and Tiwi Islands in all of their glory. The storyline presents a familiar theme that is so intimate to many Indigenous peoples: that family and community are vital to us and our identity.
With a showcase on Indigenous actors, it’s a beautiful representation of our peoples and brilliant for our younger generation to see their faces up on the big screen.