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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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Rolf de Heer (written by)
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Release Date:
1 June 2006 (Italy) See more »
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Ten canoes, three wives, one hundred and fifty spears...trouble See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
15 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Not likely to see anything like this ever again 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
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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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Runtime:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Reel Injun (2009)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not likely to see anything like this ever again, 19 April 2009
Author: bandw from Boulder, CO

This story begins with an aerial flyover of Arnhem Land in northern Austalia. A narrator comes on saying that he is going to tell a story, his story. His story starts with the recounting of a tale about his ancestors of a few generations back who are making canoes to traverse a crocodile-filled swamp in search of goose eggs. Within that tale a wise older man is telling another, somewhat parallel, tale to his younger brother dating back many generations to "the ancients." In a clever plotting device the ancestor's tale is shown in black and white while the ancient's tale is shown in color. This technique has the dual effect of allowing director Rolf de Heer to duplicate scenes from black and white photographs taken in the area by an anthropologist in the 1930s (photographs that motivated the making of this film), as well as helping the viewer keep the stories straight.

The cast consists of a few dozen modern day aboriginals playing the parts in the two stories. They try to capture the reality of the times portrayed, and you can believe that this was the way it could have been thousands of years ago for a tribe of early humans. The earlier Astralians have their own customs and language and the cast speaks in their native language, with English subtitles. I kept thinking of how the basic emotions driving the stories are still with us--fear, jealousy, lust, love, trust, distrust, pride, humor, courage, loyalty, honor. The culture presented is indeed not mine, but it is perfectly understandable. Sorcerers keep the tribe stirred up and mystified with special knowledge of "magic," just as modern religions do (with equal effectiveness). There are laws that must be obeyed, even if unwritten. The young men relish showing prowess in hunting and war making. A creator is deemed the prime mover. Marital relationships are not always harmonious, especially if polygamous. And so on.

It appears that no matter how it manifests itself a culture will wrap itself around basic human emotions and desires. It would not be a stretch to recast these stories in a modern setting.

The photography of the landscape is beautiful and sensuous; it contributes greatly to the stories by showing what an intimate relationship early peoples had with the land and its fauna.

This movie helps us better appreciate where we came from and what we are.

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