Beyond the Kimberley
Coast is a beautifully filmed documentary of an exploration of
the wild north west of Australia and its remarkable human and
It is a look at the real Australia as it was before the white
A story of survival in the wilderness, Malcolm Douglas, Kim Allen
and three tribesmen –Woolagoodja, the old man returning
to his tribal grounds for the last time, Numja, a newly initiated
member of his tribe learning its traditions, and Tom Wiggen a
hunter of today.
It shows how a group can live entirely off the land and sea-spearing
fish and digging for water under ground, originally salty but
filtered by the sand to become fresh.
Since leaving his job as a stock and station agent in 1964, Malcolm
Douglas has built up a relationship for trust and friendship with
the tribal Aborigines of Arnhem land and the Kimberleys.
His films involved living with Aborigines and sharing their way
of life. He enjoys their food. “Some of the nicest meat
I have eaten is goanna – like tender young chicken. Sometimes
you have to psyche yourself into eating it because it is largely
a question of attitude. We filmed two young Aborigines with a
kangaroo they had killed and afterwards they drank the blood.
For a second or two I felt strange about it, and then I thought
well, its rich protein food and we eat black pudding. They were
thirsty, there was no water around.”
Beyond the Kimberley Coast is certainly an enlightening film.
It is entertaining as well as informative. The Archives section
of the National Library in Canberra has requested a copy to be
placed in a temperature and humidity controlled vault to be kept
as a visual history of an era near its end-an indication of its