Whale Dreamers
Reporter: Marguerite McKinnon

"They swam to where Bunna and Clem were standing. Then this one whale came right up out of the water underneath us and roared. I was overwhelmed by the power and beauty of this experience. In that moment, I knew that the Mirning's connection with the whales was true."

Bunna Lawrie is a whale-dreamer. He sings to the giants of the ocean.

"We have this gift in us where we can sing to the whales and they respond to us because they know our language. Our ancestors have been there for centuries" says Bunna.

Bunna, from Adelaide's coastal Mirning tribe is travelling the world, taking his message to children and anyone who'll listen.

"It's time for a change. It's time for a change. It's time to really come together and be as one and we can all be guardians as one as well as brothers and sisters and really take care of this planet Earth and take care of our whales and dolphins and look after them and do the right thing" adds Bunna.

This remarkable connection has been made into a motion picture.

Jack Thompson narrates the story of the Mirning People, how they sing to whales, a skill taught over hundreds of years.

Singer Julian Lennon got to know the Mirning people through his love of whales. But when they gave him a white feather as a gift, everything changed.

30 years ago, his Dad, John Lennon told his son, "if anything ever happens to me, look for a white feather and you'll know I'm there looking out for you."

Many Australians have woken up to the plight of whales, disgusted by the incessant killing of whales in the name of scientific research.

"Just leave them alone. I'm sure there's plenty of other food that the Japanese could eat" says Bunna.

More recently, the tragic story of Colin the Whale which attracted international attention. Bunna Lawrie travelled to Sydney and informed authorities Colin was indeed a female, however he arrived too late to save the abandoned calf.

Now Whaledreamers is sounding the call that doing something can no longer be left to green groups.

"Nobody's trying to shove the problems down people's throats but it something that everybody needs to be aware of and to try, if in their heart of hearts, they truly believe the problems that exist, do exist, one way or another we all try and pull together and do something about it" says Julian Lennon.

In the firing line are governments for putting business over the environment.

Australia's nuclear testing in the 1950's at Maralinga has left the area uninhabitable and displaced two aboriginal tribes - including Bunna Lawrie's Mirning tribe.

Others paid with their lives, whale supporter and environmentalist Terry Freitas was part of a group kidnapped and executed in Columbia.

Despite this, Whaledreamers gives a message of hope...that healing the environment will help mankind

Whaledreamers opens at The Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne Thursday Sept 18 for an exclusive three week engagement.

The film will open wider across Sydney after Cremorne - check newspaper listings.

Melbourne opens September 25 @ The Nova - Carlton.

The other cities to follow - check newspapers listings.