Charlie (Gulpilil) is getting older, and he's out of sorts. The government intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community. The new laws don't make much sense, and Charlie's kin and ken seem more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in so doing sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.
When Rolf de Heer began to work on the script of Charlie’s Country with David Gulpilil, he recognised that there was tremendous opportunity to create more than one project. Having collaborated with Molly Reynolds on the hugely successful Twelve Canoes website and film, and the documentary The Balanda and the Bark Canoes, both of which were made alongside his previous film, Ten Canoes, the films, Still Our Country and Another Country were born. The ‘Country suite’ of projects became another sterling case-study in cross-platform production. Each project stands alone without referencing the other, with each running parallel. All of them are predominantly shot in the Aboriginal community of Ramingining. The projects have separate emphasis, individual areas of concern, distinctly different styles and their own unique emotional tone.
Together, they paint a detailed and revealing portrait of a culture and a people such as we rarely are privileged to access.
Best Actor: (David Gulpilil) - Un Certain Regard - Cannes International Film Festival
Australian Film Institute: – Best Lead Actor (David Gulpilil)
Film Critics Circle of Australia: – Best Film / Best Director
To celebrate NAIDOC Week ACMI is proud to present Charlie’s Country, Charlie’s Country is a meditation on one man trying to return to his traditional ways in a world that’s being bombarded by outside influences. Rolf De Heer (Bad Boy Bubby) and David Gulpilil (Walkabout, Storm Boy) reunite after The Tracker and Ten Canoes for another fruitful artistic collaboration that saw David Gulpilil awarded Best Actor in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival.