A PIONEERING VISION OF RACE RELATIONS
2002, M (Moderate themes and violence), 94MINS
DIRECTOR ROLF DE HEER
SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM
Fri 24 Feb, 7.30pm
Cast: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet
On the Australian frontier in 1922, a hunting party of three white men use the skills and knowledge of an Indigenous ‘tracker’ to track down an Aboriginal fugitive. This blisteringly honest outback-style ‘western’ was written by de Heer in the 1990s; then brought to production in the early 2000s, a time when Reconciliation had gained ground in Australia. De Heer used the formidable cultural presence of actor David Gulpilil to completely fresh effect, and found expressive lyrical counterpoints to the story in the songs of Archie Roach (2017 PIAF) and paintings by Peter Coad. The Tracker premiered to great acclaim in competition at the Venice Film Festival on 2002, and helped foreground Indigenous Australian affairs for audiences around the world. By asserting Aboriginality on its own terms, brought to the fore to drive the narrative forward, The Tracker broke new ground in Australian film.
The screening will be introduced by Rolf de Heer
‘One of those rare films that deserves to be called haunting’ CHICAGO SUN TIMES
PIAF Conversations: Rolf de Heer & Molly Reynolds discuss making films with Fenella Kernebone, Sunday 26 February. Free to film ticket holders.
Film print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia