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Talking Deadly: My Grandmother's Lingo

Past Event

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - 6pm to 7pm

Talking Deadly: My Grandmother's Lingo

With Jake Duczynski


In 2016, Animator Jake Duczynski was approached by SBS to work with Angelina Joshua from the remote South East Arnhem Land community of Ngukurr on a project to revive her Grandmother’s first - and now critically endangered - language, Marra.

The result was Walkley Award-winning animation My Grandmother’s Lingo, a beautiful voice-activated interactive story requiring the audience to speak words in Marra to progress through each chapter. With only three fluent Marra speakers remaining, My Grandmother’s Lingo presents an opportunity for everyone to contribute to the language’s preservation and raises awareness about the importance of Indigenous language reclamation initiatives, particularly the ongoing work of Angelina and the Ngukurr Language Centre.

Join Jake Duczynski for Talking Deadly: My Grandmother’s Lingo as he discusses the development and impact of the animation and the important role tech can play in telling Indigenous stories.



Jake Duczynski is a Designer, Animator and Director based on the south coast of NSW. A recent graduate of the Bachelor of Design in Animation (Hons) (2016) at the University of Technology, Sydney, he is the recipient of the UTS Young Alumni Award (2017) and the Walkley Award for Multimedia Storytelling (2016) for the animation My Grandmother’s Lingo. Jake is a Gamilaroi descendent with family ties to Moree.


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