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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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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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A Beguiling Myth 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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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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39 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A Beguiling Myth, 15 July 2006
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who lived to be 92 and spent much of his life in the aristocratic splendour of Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, famously opined that the life of primitive man was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short". Jacques Rousseau, on the other hand, in direct contradiction of Christian theology, was convinced that man had been born good, and that primitive man was indeed the "noble savage".

Rolf de Heer, a maker of small, quirky and interesting films ("Bad Boy Bubby", "The Old Man Who Read Love Stories", "The Tracker"), probably doesn't subscribe to either notion. In this exquisitely photographed tale from the mythical past he lets the aboriginals of the Arafura wetlands, Arnhem Land, tell their own story. Apart from David Gulpilil, who provides a gentle, teasing voice-over, and his son Jamie, all the parts are played by non-professional actors from the district. Apart from the voice-over, all the dialogue is in the local aboriginal language (don't worry, there are sub-titles).

While on a goose egg hunting trip, Older Brother , who has noticed his younger brother's interest in one of his wives, tells Younger Brother a story from a much earlier time, of another younger brother who yearned after his older brother's wife. Without giving the story away, the moral is "be careful about what you wish for, you might get it", but much happens in between. It becomes evident that these "savages", as well as possessing a robust sense of humor, have a legal system that minimizes the damage done by crimes. It seems that neighboring tribes, whose language our tribe scarcely understands, will play by the same rules. Once honour is satisfied, the matter is at an end. The story gives us an insight as to how aboriginal society remained stable for so long prior to contact with Europeans.

It is hard to comment on the acting, other than to say the characters seem completely authentic. The tribe's sorcerer, for instance, likes to choose a bone to wear in his nose to suit his mood or the occasion, just as your local GP might like to select a bow tie before opening his surgery. But I have to mention Crusoe Kusddal as Ridjimiraril, the older brother in the myth. His language means little to us, but his expression everything.

The scenes on the goose-hunt, which book-end the main story, are in black and white, a tribute to earlier photographers in Arnhem Land, but most of the film is in colour, which does full justice to the landscape. This is no Garden of Eden – the necessity to build tree platforms while camping in the swamp is evidence of that (though we see no actual crocodiles). Yet the aborigines manage to live within the environment without despoiling it or each other. Theirs is a patriarchal society but women are protected by the rules as well as by their menfolk. The movie is a fascinating glimpse into the culture, told in a disarmingly humorous fashion, by the people themselves. One should not be too misty-eyed about this – the cast probably watch "The Simpsons" via satellite at home – but they have given us both a droll tale and some food for thought.

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