Carroll Karpany was born on the Murray River in a traditional Ngarrindjeri birthing nest, then his family was removed to a Christian mission, where his traditional culture was belittled, and his songline shattered. In the void of his absent songline Carroll found rock’n’roll, forming seminal indigenous rock band, Us Mob; whose screaming guitars and political vocals shrieked of protest and resistance. Us Mob’s stratospheric success allowed Carroll to travel the country playing music and always in search of his lost ‘song’, and skerricks of language and culture. Love with Lilly, a life in music and three kids followed, as Carroll worked in professional roles to support his family. When Lilly died tragically, Carroll’s life imploded, as he fought to raise his three sons alone, he was dogged by loss, substance abuse and depression. Love and music got him through, and he brought up his boys ‘the right way’, always instilling Ngarrindjeri culture and pride in Blak Australia. Then a few years ago, a chance meeting in the bush began a new odyssey, when elders of the Bunuba nation (WA) revealed to Carroll that they had kept Ngarrindjeri songs, dances, and philosophy in safe keeping for 200 years, while the ‘southerners’ attempted to fight off British Invasion. Now, aged 70, this legendary indigenous rock & roller will hit the road on a 6000km outback road-trip with his three adult sons. A journey to reconnect their family history, to rediscover a Ngarrindjeri songline thought lost forever, and to create a new Australian songline of survival, and abiding pride in family, country and culture.
Charlie is a multi-award winning writer, director, producer and visual artist. He has produced films for ABCTV, SBSTV, NITV, Channel 10, Redbull.TV and Sony: being nominated for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Film’ by the Australian Academy/AFI Awards for Strange Birds in Paradise-A West Papuan Story. Twenty five years of experience as an artist, cartoonist, actor, writer, director and marketer; has seen Charlie use humour and culture to tackle complex and weighty issues of historical and social importance. Charlie has produced audio visual work and negotiated cross cultural protocols in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, China and remote Indigenous Australia. He has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from the University of South Australia; and has conceived and directed marketing campaigns in film, television, theatre, and hospitality. He is currently in preproduction as writer/director for his first dramatic feature film, Jungle of Ghosts; to be shot in Papua New Guinea in 2023.