Marungka tjalatjunu

Dipped in Black
Marungka tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) follows Yankunytjatjara man Derik Lynch’s road trip back to Country for spiritual healing, as memories from his childhood return. A journey from the oppression of white city life in Adelaide back home to his remote Anangu Community (Aputula) to perform on sacred Inma ground. Inma is a traditional form of storytelling using the visual, verbal and physical. It is how Anangu Tjukurpa (story connected to country / dreaming / myth / lore) have been passed down for over 60,000 years from generation to generation.
by Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch
with Derik Lynch, Dominic Roberts, Christopher Stewart, Dale Baker
Australia 2022 Yankunytjatjara 25’ Colour International premiere | Documentary Form


  • Derik Lynch (Derik Lynch)
  • Dominic Roberts (Youngest Derik)
  • Christopher Stewart (Young Derik)
  • Dale Baker (Teen Derik)


Directors Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch
Screenplay Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch
Cinematography Andrew Gough
Editing Nicola Powell
Music Jed Silver
Sound Design Marlon Beatt, Cosimo Flohr
Sound Nicholas Koulianos, Nick Whelan, Adam Galea
Costumes Bidgette Hungerford
Production Manager Amelia Yaron
Producers Matthew Thorne, Patrick Graham
Executive Producers Duncan Graham, Corey Grey, Cameron Grey, Justin Kurzel, Paul Rowse

Produced by

Other Pictures

Switch Productions

Matthew Thorne

The film director and photographer was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1993. Before making Marungka tjalatjunu, he created short films including The Sand That Ate The Sea about the Australian opal-mining town of Andamooka and Gaib, an essay film about spirituality and death. His artistic work has been presented in several solo exhibitions in Australia. He currently lives between Berlin, Athens and Australia.


2018 Positive Movements 2019 Gaib 2020 The Sand That Ate The Sea; short film 2022 Marungka tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black); short film, co-director: Derik Lynch

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023

Derik Lynch

Born in Alice Springs, Australia in 1986, he is an initiated Yankunytjatjara man. He studied at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music at the University of Adelaide. Since 2008, he has been a performer and/or cultural adviser on numerous productions in Australia and around the world. He currently lives and works as an artist and educator in Adelaide.


2022 Marungka tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black); short film, co-director: Matthew Thorne

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023