Charlie's Country


2013, M (Mature themes and coarse language), 108MINS

Sat 25 Feb, 7.30pm
Cast: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford 

In a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory, Charlie attempts to live off the land yet feels that his old ways are under threat. In frustration after his hunting spear is confiscated, Charlie tries to live alone in the bush, but instead ends up instead in Darwin, where his troubles escalate. This third partnership between director Rolf de Heer and star David Gulpilil enriches and expands the views of Indigenous Australia in The Tracker and Ten Canoes. Charlie's Country brings us up to date with its complex portrayal of Charlie, a sincere but sardonic man trapped between the cultures of the country of his ancestry and that of the city and nation. The creation of Charlie's Country was initiated by de Heer after he was confronted with the irreconcilable contradictions in Gulpilil's own life, and this closeness to the film’s subject lends a rich and rewarding realness. Gulpilil won a Best Actor award for Charlie’s Country at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

The screening will be introduced by Rolf de Heer

‘This eloquent drama's stirring soulfulness is laced with the sorrow of cultural dislocation but also with lovely ripples of humour and even joy.’ THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

PIAF Conversations: Rolf de Heer & Molly Reynolds discuss making films with Fenella Kernebone, Sunday 26 February. Free to film ticket holders.