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Ten Canoes (2006)

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  29 June 2006 (Australia)
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A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crusoe Kurddal ...
Jamie Gulpilil ...
Dayindi / Yeeralparil (as Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu)
Richard Birrinbirrin ...
Peter Minygululu ...
Minygululu
Frances Djulibing ...
Nowalingu
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The Storyteller (as David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu)
Sonia Djarrabalminym ...
Banalandju
Cassandra Malangarri Baker ...
Munandjarra
Philip Gudthaykudthay ...
The Sorcerer
Peter Djigirr ...
Canoeist / The Victim / Warrior
Michael Dawu ...
Canoeist / The Stranger
Bobby Bunungurr ...
Canoeist / Uncle
Johnny Buniyira ...
Billy Black ...
Steven Wilinydjanu Maliburr ...
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A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and realizes that his younger brother Dayindi may try to steal away the youngest wife. So, over a few days and several trips to hunt and gather, Minygululu tells Dayindi a story set in the time of their ancestors when a stranger came to the village and disrupted the lives of a serious man named Ridjimiraril, his three wives, and his younger brother Yeeralparil who had no wife and liked to visit his youngest sister-in-law. Through stories, can values be taught and balance achieved? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One hundred and fifty spears, ten canoes, three wives . . . trouble See more »


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29 June 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

10 Canoes  »

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Budget:

AUD 2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$233,017 (Australia) (7 July 2006)

Gross:

$277,991 (USA) (12 October 2007)
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The canoes in the film were made according to original tribal methods, using directions from tribal elders who had not made them for some fifty years. See more »

Quotes

The group: [all walking in a line]
Canoeist: Everyone stop!
[all stop and turn]
The Storyteller: That one is Djigirr. Djigirr talk too much, but maybe he heard something.
Canoeist: I refuse to walk at the end. Someone ahead keeps farting.
The group: [laughter] Not me. Not me.
Canoeist: It's you again. You're always so silent. Silent but deadly. Admit it.
Canoeist: Alright, it's me.
Canoeist: You're rotten inside.
Canoeist: I'm rotten inside.
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Terrific
4 May 2006 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a truly unique cinema experience - story-telling at its finest. The film documents Aboriginal culture, history and humor in a way that I have never seen on-screen before.

The voice-over narration of David Gulpilil is excellent. The cinematography is awesome. The film oozes with authenticity and was filmed on location in very remote areas of the Northern Territory of Australia.

It's tragic that this culture should be so remote and foreign to Australians (what to speak of others elsewhere in the world).

This film is full of the dignity of this honorable race of people who have so much to be proud of.


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