Charlie’s Country is the third film in an informal trilogy of collaborations between writer/director Rolf de Heer and actor David Gulpilil. Ten Canoes showed Aboriginal culture before white settlement, and The Tracker explored the relationship between white and Aboriginal men in the early 20th century. Now Charlie’s Country explores the ongoing repercussions in contemporary Australia.
Charlie’s Country is the story of Blackfella Charlie, who is getting older and is out of sorts. The government’s intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, 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.
David Gulpilil recently won Best Actor in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in the film, where it also received an extended standing ovation.
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