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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

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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Release Date:

29 June 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

10 Canoes  »

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Budget:

AUD 2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,076 (USA) (1 June 2007)

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 »

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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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A revelatory experience
4 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Wow. If your main prior experience of Aboriginal film is with black and white documentary footage from the 50s and 60s or with the many films examining the impact of white culture on black society and the often tragic results of their interplay, this will turn it on its head. The movies worships nature and the land in the same way Aboriginal culture views the land not as backdrop or something to be exploited, but as almost human itself. Without qualification or embellishment, the camera marvels at the beauty of the landscape, and we do too. The story is set many generations ago, but there is no sense of time; it could be yesterday, or 40,000 years ago. Time hasn't changed the way of life of the people we are introduced to nor the lessons the young must learn to reach maturity, as our hero Yeeralpiril discovers. David Gulpilil's narration is so masterful it suggests he has another twenty stories up his sleeve just as beguiling to tell you as this one. Film-making like this is a rare experience. Let there be more.


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