Bob was born in the Northern Territory’s central desert region, to an Aboriginal woman who was a housemaid at Angus Downs cattle station. His father was the station owner but Bob lived with his extend Aboriginal family until he was taken away by authorities to spend the rest of his childhood at a home in Alice Springs, then a mission in Arnhem land. He never saw his mother again.
Uncle Bob Randall passed away in 2015.
"Tjilpi Randall passed away in May of 2015. It was Tjilpi Randall's intention that the film Kanyini continued to be screened after his passing so that the message of Kanyini could be shared." - Dorothea Randall, Daughter of Bob Randall
Melanie Hogan – The Filmmaker
KANYINI was born out of my desire to understand and connect with Indigenous Australians. Being part of the dominant culture in a recently “colonised” country I had next to no contact whatsoever with Indigenous Australians until I was in my mid twenties. In a country where Indigenous people have lived for at least 40,000 years, this fact was more than crazy, it was downright ridiculous, so I set off to the desert to learn about Indigenous Australia - in a blackfella kinda way - through communication and relationship and following the direction of the wind. It is fair to say that in my homeland, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people still seem to be confused about each other and are finding it difficult to journey together. Knowing this, Uncle Bob and I wanted to create a film that may help to bring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people closer together not just in Australia but all over the world. I feel strongly today, that many of the values held by our Indigenous brothers and sisters could be of enormous benefit for society at large, particularly their care and respect for Mother Earth and all forms of life. I hope people enjoy KANYINI. Hearing Uncle Bob tell his people's heart-breaking story with such honesty and love, gentleness and strength continues to amaze me, despite the fact I have seen this film over a hundred times. Uncle Bob always says the hardest thing to change in the world is ‘negative attitude'. If KANYINI can help create some positive attitudes then we're on our way to healing some of the mistakes of the past. And that excites me. Finally I just want to say thank you to Uncle Bob for trusting me with his story. His message continues to inspire.