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Ten Canoes -- A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land...

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Writer:
Rolf de Heer (written by)
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1 June 2006 (Italy) See more »
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Ten canoes, three wives, one hundred and fifty spears...trouble See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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15 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Informative and entertaining See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Crusoe Kurddal ... Ridjimiraril
Jamie Gulpilil ... Dayindi / Yeeralparil (as Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu)
Richard Birrinbirrin ... Birrinbirrin
Peter Minygululu ... Minygululu
Frances Djulibing ... Nowalingu

David Gulpilil ... 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 ... Canoeist / Warrior
Billy Black ... Canoeist / Warrior
Steven Wilinydjanu Maliburr ... Canoeist / Warrior
Carl Dhalurruma ... Canoeist / Warrior
Kathy Gonun ... Birrinbirrin's Wife #1
Jennifer Djenana ... Birrinbirrin's Wife #2
Sylvia Nupunya Gaykamangu ... Camp Woman
Silvia Gapany Gaykamangu ... Camp Woman
Evonne Munuygu ... Camp Woman
Mary Dhapalany ... Camp Woman
Valerie Malibirr ... Camp Woman
Julie Djelrr ... Camp Woman
Susan Maliburr ... Camp Woman
Belinda Gundjulma ... Camp Woman
Madeline Gaykamangu ... Camp Woman
Monica Maminyinawny ... Camp Woman
Shirley Banalanydju ... Camp Woman
Rico Pascoe ... Honey Boy / Messenger
Scott Gaykamangu ... Honey Boy
Albert Gaykamangu ... Stranger's Man
Sammy Dhurrkay ... Stranger's Man
Meriyl Gaykamangu ... Stranger's Man
George Gaykamangu ... Stranger's Man
Jeffrey Buinyinyinwuiny ... Wrong Stranger
Lindsay Mace Gaykamangu ... Painted Warrior
Obert Durrungu
John Yarralmuka
Dino Wanybarrngu
Daniel Gurrulpa
Phoenix Maliburr
Hilston Gurrulpa
John Maliburr
Ryan Maliburr
Malachi Gurrulpa
Serena Maliburr
Roslyn Maliburr
Alison Durrunga
Jasmin Maliburr
Marissa Garrawuarra
Jayden Maliburr
Jordan Maliburr
Naomi Garrawuarra
Aristas Durrur
Dimitrius Durrur
Vanessa Yirwirri

Directed by
Rolf de Heer 
Peter Djigirr 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rolf de Heer  written by

Produced by
Richard Birrinbirrin .... associate producer
Rolf de Heer .... producer
Bryce Menzies .... executive producer
Sue Murray .... executive producer
Nils Erik Nielsen .... associate producer
Domenico Procacci .... executive producer
Julie Ryan .... producer
Belinda Scott .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Ian Jones 
 
Film Editing by
Tania Nehme 
 
Production Design by
Beverley Freeman 
 
Art Direction by
Beverley Freeman 
 
Set Decoration by
Beverley Freeman 
 
Costume Design by
Beverley Freeman 
 
Makeup Department
Beverley Freeman .... key hair stylist
Beverley Freeman .... makeup department head
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Mahood .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Beverley Freeman .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
James Currie .... sound designer
James Currie .... sound recordist
James Currie .... sound supervisor
Tom Heuzenroeder .... sound designer
Tom Heuzenroeder .... sound editor
Rory McGregor .... sound re-recording mixer
Adrian Medhurst .... foley artist
Tania Nehme .... narration editor
 
Visual Effects by
Brad Dunn .... digital compositor
Rebecca Dunn .... senior compositor
Jamie Hediger .... compositor
Michelle Hunt .... digital compositor
Matthew M. North .... compositor (as Matthew North)
Takahiro Suzuki .... digital compositor
Sandeep Vengsarkar .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tobias Andersson .... gaffer
Ricky Schamburg .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Jon Armstrong .... editor technical supervisor
Miranda Dear .... commissioning editor: SBS Independent
Olivier Fontenay .... digital colorist
Nick Meyers .... Final Cut Pro consultant
Anthos Simon .... digital intermediate producer
 
Other crew
Kate Croser .... production coordinator
Jonathan Dixon .... digital liaison
Verity Fitzgerald .... cultural advisor
Verity Fitzgerald .... unit assistant
Mark Kraus .... production accountant
 

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Australia:90 min | USA:90 min | Argentina:90 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Trivia:
This will be the first ever major Australian feature film completely filmed in an Indigenous Aboriginal language.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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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Informative and entertaining, 9 October 2006
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

For the Australian Aborigines who are said to date back 65,000 years, the ancestor spirits are still alive. They are a part of an Aborigine's "dreaming" and come to life in the stories indigenous Australians have told through the ages. Playfully narrated by Australian icon David Gulpilil, Ten Canoes, directed by Rolf de Heer (The Tracker) and Peter Djigirr, tells a dreaming story that acts as a lesson for a young man in the tribe who feels that the youngest wife of his older brother should be his. The story has elements of kidnapping, sorcery, and revenge but is mostly about values: how a community living in a natural environment before the coming of the White man developed laws and systems to guide its people. The cast consists of indigenous residents of the Arafura region and many of the visuals recreate the photographs of Donald Thompson, a Melbourne anthropology professor who spent time in the 1930s with the Yolngu people of the Arafura Swamp.

Set a thousand years ago in central Arnhem Land near the Arafura Swamp in northern Australia, east of Darwin, a group of Ganalbingu tribesmen embark on a hunt for magpie geese, a wild bird used to sustain the tribe. To navigate the crocodile-infested swamp, elder Minygululu (Peter Minygululu) leads the tribe in building canoes made out of bark. When he discovers that Dayindi (played by Gulpilil's son, Jamie) has a crush on his third wife, he tells him a story set in a mythical time after the great flood that explains how his people developed laws to govern their behavior, the same laws used by the tribes today. To distinguish between the past and the "present", De Heer uses muted color to show the ancient landscape and black and white for the more modern story.

In the beginning, Ridjimiraril (Crusoe Kurddal) lives with his three wives, Banalandju, Nowalingu (Frances Djulibing), and Munandjarra in a camp with others, including Birrinbirrin (Richard Birrinbirrin), an overweight elder whose sole pleasure in life is to eat honey. Ridjimiraril's younger brother, Yeeralparil (Jamie), who lives in the single men's camp, fancies the beautiful Munandjarra and spends much time stealing visits to the other camp, hoping to catch a glimpse of her. When a stranger approaches without warning, the men are frightened, especially when he tells them that he wants to trade objects of magic.

The local sorcerer warns the men of danger but life proceeds normally until the jealous Nowalingu disappears after a fight with Banalandju. Though the others believe that she simply ran away, Ridjimiraril is convinced that she was abducted by the stranger and receives confirmation for his fear when an old uncle appears and says that he saw his wife in a camp with the stranger. The men are galvanized into action and a war party is prepared. Through myth and illuminating visuals, Ten Canoes generates a greater awareness and understanding of indigenous Australian culture and acts as an impressive counterweight to the argument that Aborigines should give up their past and join the modern world. That the film is entertaining and deeply moving as well as informative is a very welcome bonus indeed.

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