David Gulpilil: A look back

Legendary Australian actor David Gulpilil has won best actor for his acclaimed performance in Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country.

The film is screening in Cannes as part of the Un Certain Regard part of the festival and received a standing ovation during its premier a couple of days ago.

We’ve compiled a collection of trailers to films that have defined Gulpilil’s celebrated career for your viewing pleasure.

Walkabout (1971)
Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on “walkabout”: a ritual separation from his tribe.

Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

Storm Boy (1976)
Storm Boy is a rambunctious Australian youth, living along the coastline with his freewheeling father. At the behest of an aging aborigine, Storm Boy takes care of an uncared-for nest of pelicans.

The Last Wave (1977)
A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself.

Crocodile Dundee (1986)
An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.

Dark Age (1987)
In the Australian outback, a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant crocodile that has been killing and eating the local populace.

Serenades (2001)
A girl is born to an Aboriginal mother and an Afgan father.

Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

The Tracker (2002)
It’s 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of capturing him with the help of an experienced Native Australian (The Tracker).

Ten Canoes (2006)
A parable of forbidden love from Australia’s mythical past, with storytelling by Australian icon David Gulpilil (Crocodile Dundee and Rabbit-Proof Fence) and starring his son Jamie as the covetous youth Dayindi, Ten Canoes is a ground-breaking glimpse into aboriginal life centuries before European settlement.

Australia (2008)
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot.

Satellite Boy (2012)
Satellite Boy follows Pete, a 12 year old Aboriginal boy who lives with his elderly grandfather, Old Jagamarra (Gulpilil).

Charlie’s Country (2014) in Australian cinemas July 17.
Written by Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil as a collaborative project, Charlie’s Country stars Gulpilil as blackfella Charlie, who is getting older, and is out of sorts. The government’s intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don’t generally make much sense, and Charlie’s kin seeming more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in doing so sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.

 

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