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Josie Ningali Lawford Josie Ningali Lawford i(A28825 works by) (a.k.a. Ningali Lawford; Ningali Lawford-Wolfe; Josie Lawford; Ningali Lawford-Wolf)
Born: Established: 1967 Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 11 Aug 2019 Edinburgh,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,

Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Walmajarri / Walmatjarri ; Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Wangkajunga
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Ningali Lawford was born at Wangkatjungka, near Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She spent her early years on a cattle station where her father worked, and completed her secondary education in Perth. She was the recipient of an American Field Service scholarship and spent twelve months in Alaska. Lawford-Wolf trained as a dancer at the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, and performed with Bangarra Dance Theatre. In her work as an actress, singer and dancer she has appeared in various theatre, film and television productions. She was touring the UK with the Sydney Theatre Company and performing in The Secret River, which she was involved in developing, when she passed away in Edinburgh. 

Lawford-Wolf played the narrator in Neil Armfield's adaptation of The Secret River in 2016 and national tour, as well as performing in the production when it was staged outdoors at the Anstey Hill Quarry in Tea Tree Gully as part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival where Limelight reviewer Clive Paget described her as “an authoritative, heartbreaking Dhirrumbin”. (Limelight Magazine)

She is well known for her films Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), Bran Nue Dae (2009) and Last Cab to Darwin (2015) and television shows including The Circuit (2007-2010) and Mystery Road (2018). (Limelight Magazine)



Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Windmill Baby 2004 single work drama
— Appears in: Contemporary Indigenous Plays 2007; (p. [201]-228)
Windmill Baby is the story of Maymay, an old Aboriginal woman who returns to the deserted Kimberley cattle station that was her home 50 years ago. A one-woman redemption piece told through Indigenous voices, with the endearing characters of Wun-man, Two-man, Aunty Darbella and old Maymay, this play is delivered with the poetry of a campfire storyteller.
2007 winner Australian Centre Literary Awards The Kate Challis RAKA Award
2006 winner Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Excellence in Film & Theatrical Score
2005 winner Performing Arts WA Awards Best New Play
2003 winner Patrick White Playwrights' Award
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