Ningali Lawford passed in Scotland on Monday night surrounded by her loving family who had flown from Western Australia when she suffered a heart attack between performances of “The Secret River” at Edinburgh Festival.
Ningali will be remembered as an extraordinarily loving artist who gave her all to everything and everyone.
Without Ningali my film Rabbit Proof Fence would have been half the movie that we managed to create.
Ningali was a cultural advisor, actor, drama coach and inspiration to all who worked on the film. She was the grand dame of Indigenous female performers, through her family linking pre-contact days with the 21st Century.
Australia has lost one of our greatest.