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Charlie's Country (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 July 2014 (Australia)
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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Credited cast:
David Gulpilil ... Charlie
Peter Djigirr Peter Djigirr ... Black Pete
Luke Ford ... Luke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wayne Anthoney Wayne Anthoney ... Magistrate
Dellax Barra Dellax Barra ... Dancing Kid
Craig Behenna
Richard Birrinbirrin Richard Birrinbirrin ... Fat Albert
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ... Errol
John Brumpton ... Policeman Brum
Johnny Buniyira Johnny Buniyira ... Cool Dude
Bobby Bunungurr Bobby Bunungurr ... Bobby
Eric Cartright Eric Cartright ... Prison Guard
John Clark John Clark ... Darwin Police
Michael Dawa Michael Dawa ... Micky
Jimmy Djamanba Jimmy Djamanba ... Singing and clapsticks


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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Aboriginal | English

Release Date:

17 July 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Az őslakos See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,378, 5 June 2015
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Did You Know?


The 2013 Rolf de Heer film 'Charlie's Country' has at least nine actors who have had prominent roles in earlier previous Rolf De Heer movies: David Gulpilil starred in both 'Ten Canoes' and 'The Tracker'; Gary Sweet starred in both 'The Tracker' and 'Alexandra's Project'; Wayne Anthony starred in 'Dr Plonk'; John Brumpton starred in 'Dance Me To My Song'; Damon Gameau starred in 'The Tracker'; and Dan Wyllie, Luke Ford, Gary Waddell and Bojana Novakovic all starred in the 'The King is Dead!'. 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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