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Charlie's Country (2013)

Displeased with the intervention of whitefella laws, Charlie takes off to live the old way and sets off a chain reaction of enlightening difficulties.


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Blackfella Charlie is out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws now. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in so doing sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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The Movie has at least 7 actors who had other prominent roles in other Rolf De Heer movies. Gary Sweet was in the tracker and Alexanderas project. Luke Ford starred in The King is Dead. John Brumpton starred in Dance Me To My Song. Damon Gameau starred in The Tracker. Gary Waddell starred in the king is dead. Bojana Novakovic, starred in The King Is Dead. Dan Wyllie starred in The king Is Dead. And Wayne Anthony starred in Dr Plonk. See more »

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Beautiful film and finest Australian film in recent years
9 August 2014 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

I was captivated by this film from the moment I saw the trailer and after seeing it in the cinema today I walked away unable to think of anything other than what I just saw. This should become an Australian classic in it's approach to what has been seen many times before in Australian cinema. Charlie's Country is a single perspective (as the title hints) that doesn't force anything but rather let's you see life from the perspective of a complicated human who is idealistic yet vulnerable. This handled with precision from it's lead. David Gulpilil's performance in this film will hold you from beginning until the end. His portrayal of Charlie gives important insight to the issues facing the indigenous people who have lived on the land for centuries. Rolf de Heer has chosen to simply capture a character and never sways from his perspective, he unfolds the film in impeccable timing. You can feel the passion for the project through the lens. This role was obviously crafted for Gulpilil (he co-wrote it with de Heer) and this is definitely his career highlight. The camera often holds on his eyes and he has a way of portraying his character just through looks and reactions that never feel contrived or forced.

Ian Jones' cinematography with it's careful yet raw tracking shots follow Charlie as he goes about his business, really pulls you in while remaining true to the sometimes harsh landscapes and living conditions. There is a temptation for film makers and cinematographers to oversaturate the landscape or make it look overly bleak and this is handled with utmost care and craftsmanship here.

The score by Graham Tardif is minimal and serves the story well, the piano motif's are used in key moments but ultimately represent Charlie's soul. I find that many film makers in Australia often use sound as an afterthought but is used in a very clever way in several scenes, holding the frame and allowing you to simply hear what is going on.

It is great to see some fine supporting talent in the likes of Luke Ford, Gary Sweet, Peter Djigirr, Bojana Novakovic and Dan Wyllie. They help lift the film in it's moments of humour and moments of despair, counterbalancing Gulpilil's performance with perfection in casting choice.

This is essential viewing for lovers of Australian cinema, and hopefully garners many awards come Australian and International award season. The Cannes Un Certain Regard best actor award was very deserved for Mr Gulpilil.

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