Blackwood, G, Charlie's Country: David Gulpilil confounds our romantic fantasies, The Conversation, (18 July) (2014) [Review Single Work]
Official URL: https://theconversation.com/charlies-country-david...
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.
|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 Field:||The performing arts|
|UTAS Author:||Blackwood, G (Dr Gemma Blackwood)|
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