In Yolngu Boy (2001), Lorrpu (Sebbe Pilakui, left), Milika (Nathan Daniels), and Botj (Sean Mununggur) are growing up in Arnhem Land. Although they have all adopted white-Christian civilization, listening to rap music and playing soccer, Lorrpu and Milika still revere the traditions of their ancestors, and at age 15 they have been chosen by tribal leader Dawu to be initiated into manhood.
Most of the movie involves their perilous trek across the wilderness, where they must draw upon traditional skills and modern resourcefulness. Their friendship strengthens. There are hugs and glistening muscles, and the spirit of the crocodile binds them together.
But when they arrive in Darwin, Dawu is not convinced. Botj has sex with a girl -- emblematic of his fall from grace? Then the three boys share a hotel room (with sex implied), but when Lorrpu awakens, Botj has run off. He commits suicide by jumping off a bridge. His friends could not save him.
Actors Sean and Nathan have heterosexist bios on the official Yolngu Boy website, something on the line of: "he likes movies, music, and girls -- but not in that order." But Sebbe Pilakui's bio doesn't mention girls, noting only that he felt a "strong kinship" with Nathan from the beginning. Maybe there's some ancestral homoeroticism left.
The movie is available online at youtube.