WINE ON, THIS IS ADULT CINEMA
PROMINENT indigenous musician Dr G. Yunupingu will be farewelled at a memorial service in Darwin tomorrow.
Dr Yunupingu died in July, aged 46, following a battle with kidney and liver disease. He was an ARIA award-winning artist, selling more than half a million albums singing in his native Yolngu, and had performed for US President Barack Obama, the Pope and the Queen.
The memorial service will be at the Darwin Convention Centre from 10.45am.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner will be among those to deliver a eulogy to the blind musician from Elcho Island, who first gained prominence as a member of the Yothu Yindi band.
“The service will be a celebration of Dr G’s life and a tribute to a remarkable man and Territorian,” Mr Gunner said.
“Dr G was one of the NT’s most celebrated and revered artists whose music will live on within the millions of people around the world he shared it with. The service will give Territorians an opportunity to reflect, remember and rejoice in the life of a true musical icon.”
Despite being an international megastar, a singer of global renown who shared microphones with the likes of Elton John, Sting, Paul Kelly and a Who’s Who of Australian music royalty, Dr G was a Yolngu man who never lost his intimate connection to country, family and the music which captivated millions.
Tributes have flowed from far and wide for the enigmatic character who touched lives across the globe through his music.
His legacy lives on in his foundation that creates opportunities for young people in remote communities, but also in the impact he had on young musicians and the children who grew up dreaming to his songs.
A film about the life of Dr G. Yunupingu will be a highlight at this year’s Darwin International Film Festival.
Co-producer and Skinnyfish director Mark Grose said the film was a genuine insight into a side of the talented performer many never got to see.
“It tracks his musical journey from a young fella in a remote community through to his success as an international performer,” he said.
The Documentary of Dr G. Yunupingu’s Life by Paul Williams will screen at the Darwin Entertainment Centre on September 23, with special guest performances. FOR too long, Territorians wanting to combine a beer and a blockbuster have been banished to the living room couch.
This Friday, when Event Cinemas Palmerston opens its doors, adult moviegoers will finally be able to order a wine with their popcorn.
Event Cinemas Palmerston general manager Luke Robards said the new Vmax cinema was the first of its kind in Darwin.
Mr Robards said the seats were larger, with extra legroom to stretch out in front of the 21.7m screen.
“It’s the best way to watch a movie,” he said.
He’s looking forward to watching the Stephen King horror movie It on the big screen.
“It’s scary enough as it is but with the big screen, and the new sound system, it will be more intense.”
Movie buff Caitlin Guy is looking forward to the first film she will see on the big screen but is equally impressed by the cinema’s culinary offerings.
“I can’t watch a movie without food,” she said.
Gateway Shopping Centre opens Stage 1 this Friday, September 22.