'Songlines are a library of information. 'They are many things: a road map, a bible, our history.'
27 May 2016 - 1:57 PM  UPDATED 13 Jun 2016 - 10:56 AM

Songlines on Screen is a special collaboration between Screen Australia and NITV that presents eight short films from the remote regions of Western, Northern and Central Australia. These films represent Aboriginal people's ongoing connection to land and culture as told throughout time by the way of creation songs. 

NITV wants more Australians to learn about the songlines of this country's First Peoples. We have put together these multimedia features, which tell the creation stories featured in Songlines on Screen. Explore the stories by clicking on the links below.  

When to watch Songlines on Screen on NITV
Landmark documentary series Songlines On Screen – coming soon
“This country holds our story forever like an archive. Travelling through country, the songs reveal themselves. They are embedded in country.” - Francis Jupurrurla Kelly


A creation story from the Bugarregarre time, the Dreamtime, from the Goolarabooloo people of the West Kimberley Coast.

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It’s 2014 and a group of young men from a tribe on the verge of cultural extinction have just discovered that a law boss from a neighbouring tribe knows some of their cultural songs and dances.

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Tjawa Tjawa

A group of women travel from Roebourne all the way to Kiwikurra in the Great Sandy Desert to the south of Balgo, in search of their husbands.

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 Goorrandalng: Brolga Dreaming

A song and a story about the Dreaming place at Keep River National Park in the Northern Territory, where women can go to become pregnant.

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A story from the Bininj people about the creation of the first people of Western Arnhem Land, and the battle between good and evil.

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Yolngu song men trace the epic dreamtime story of their great nomadic warrior, Wurray, across the wilderness of North East Arnhem Land.

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Bulunu Milkarri

An endangered songline from remote Arnhem Land that explores cycles of death, life, rain, tears and the replenishment and abundance of land, sea and spirit. 

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 Damari and Guyala: A Story of Two Brothers

The story of how the brothers Damari and Guyula
 created the land of the Yidinji Mandingal bay

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What are songlines?

'Songlines are a library of information,' says Cornel Ozies, who directed the Songlines on Screen film Footprints. 'They are many things: a road map, a bible, our history. The examples and stories in songlines guide the way we live and give us our unique cultural identities.

'But our culture and history is an oral one and if it is not talked about it is forgotten. In order for our culture to survive it must move from oral to documented. To record these songlines to film is a natural progression. We must use any devices at our disposal to keep our traditions alive. 

'The songs that the old people sing and pass along, they are about the country and the sacred places where songs belong.' 


Catch up on the films from Songlines On Screen with SBS On Demand HERE.