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Charlie's Country (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 July 2014 (Australia)
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Displeased with the intervention of whitefella laws, Charlie takes off to live the old way and sets off a chain reaction of enlightening difficulties.


Rolf de Heer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Gulpilil ... Charlie
Peter Djigirr Peter Djigirr ... Black Pete
Luke Ford ... Policeman Luke
Lizzie Durrurrnga Lizzie Durrurrnga ... Bank Teller
Bobby Bunungurr Bobby Bunungurr ... Bobby (as Bobby Bununggurr)
Frances Djulibing Frances Djulibing ... Supermarket Woman
Michael Dawa Michael Dawa ... Micky (as Michael Dawu)
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ... Errol
Peter Minygululu Peter Minygululu ... Old Lulu
John Brumpton ... Policeman Brum
Jamie Gulpilil Jamie Gulpilil ... Trainee PC
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Gaz
J.B. Williams J.B. Williams ... Gaz's Sidekick (as Josh Williams)
Johnny Buniyira Johnny Buniyira ... Cool Dude
Fiona Lanyon Fiona Lanyon ... PC Monica


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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Another invasion... and Charlie doesn't like it.




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Did You Know?


The film was the official submission of Australia for the Best Foreign Language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015 but in the end was not nominated. Australia's first ever film to be nominated in this category would be about a couple of years later with 'Tanna' (2015). See more »


Referenced in Still Our Country (2014) See more »

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A fantastic movie
18 July 2014 | by benoitstandaertSee all my reviews

I saw this movie with no real idea what I will discover. It presents the struggle of the aboriginal communities and what they face every day. Turned in South Australia mainly it is supposed to represent the Northern territory at its worst in a way... Humidity, Rain, Harsh sunny day and so on. Oh well except that part the film itself is a great drama about two culture in contradiction and the struggle that goes with as a result. It has some sense of humor (some wink to crocodile Dundee too) but also some hidden message if you can analyze each scene presented to you. Charlies's country will make you laugh, cry (my girlfriend did), revolt you sometimes. It will certainly not let you out of emotions. For some it might be a bit slow to start, but hang on to your seat it is just the way it is supposed to be and if you make it to the end you will end up with lots of material to debate with. A real marvel, a true jewel of simplicity. I really enjoyed this movie and cannot recommend this one enough. If you are Australian or living in Australia go watch this movie. For the rest of the world it might be another story but as a story it still a great one.

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Aboriginal | English

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17 July 2014 (Australia) See more »

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$5,340, 7 June 2015

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