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Charlie's Country: David Gulpilil confounds our romantic fantasies


Blackwood, GM, Charlie's Country: David Gulpilil confounds our romantic fantasies, The Conversation, (18 July) (2014) [Review Single Work]

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Rolf de Heer’s new film Charlie’s Country, which opened yesterday, examines the day-to-day experiences of an older man in Arnhem Land as he struggles for independence and respect in his home town. The eponymous character is played in an extraordinary performance by Australian acting legend David Gulpilil, a frequent collaborator with de Heer – in The Tracker (2002) and Ten Canoes (2006) – and also co-writer of the film. While the story is fictional, it draws upon recognisable realities of Indigenous community life, drawn from David Gulpilil’s own life experiences – notoriously, even a recent experience as an urban long grasser and his stint in a Darwin prison.

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Item Type:Review Single Work
Keywords:Charlie's Country, Australian cinema, film, indigenous, Northern Australia
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Screen media
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Blackwood, GM (Dr Gemma Blackwood)
ID Code:135868
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Media
Deposited On:2019-11-19
Last Modified:2021-11-15

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