Lee Point Darwin Shorebird Wings Dance

Across continents and seas the shorebirds have been using Lee Point,  an iconic coastal conservation reserve  Darwin beach for migratory shorebirds from Russia, including the threatened species Great Knot and Eastern Curlew, for many thousands of years if not longer.  Picturesque shorebird activity frames the backdrop of this bold and dynamic Lee Point shorebird wings dance performed by Darwin born mother Maria Grujicic and her three year old daughter. A  Hidden Beauty of Darwin production filmed by Justine Glover highlights a display of strength and passion for a place to preserve for future generations. 

As we welcome the arrival of the shorebirds from around the world we hope that on their migration flight next year in March they will return again. Because of the shorebirds, Lee Point is designated as a site of world significance.

  • Maria Evangelistria Grujicic
  • Maria Evangelistria Grujicic
  • Maria Evangelistria Grujicic
  • Maria Evangelistria Grujicic
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  • Anastasia Grujicic
    Key Cast
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    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 26, 2021
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  • Maria Grujicic
Director Biography - Maria Evangelistria Grujicic

Greek Australian Maria Grujicic was born and bred in Darwin. A nature lover and an artist at heart she romanced her way around the world creating dance experiences and writing poetry as she lived and worked as an early childhood teacher abroad. Maria Grujicic self-published several poetry books inspired by life, love and travel. She developed an interest in film making whilst exploring the bushblock neighbouring her house in Ludmilla. She published The Hidden Beauty of Darwin book, illustrating the unique native flora and fauna. She aspires to one day create a children's musical based on one of her picture books.

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Director Statement

I first became interested in film making whilst taking footage of never seen before unique flora and fauna on our neighbouring bushblock in Ludmilla. I pursued my interest and realised that there's a lot to be learnt with the camera as a powerful tool. During the filming of Lee Point Shorebirds I decided to put my gold costume wings to good use to accentuate the beauty of Lee Point Coastal Reserve Darwin Beach and to commemorate the arrival of the shorebirds. Shorebird masks of Eastern Curlews created by local artist David Percival complete the display of strength, character and elegance to symbolise protection of a resting place so important for the quest of these shorebirds that have travelled so far. Lee Point is designated as a site of world significance because of the shorebirds. My hope is that my film aspires people to learn more about shorebirds and their own precious and unique piece of paradise.