David Gulpilil

Australian legend David Gulpilil tells the story of when his people's way of life was derailed by ours. ... Molly Reynolds' Another Country is the stunning culmination of the critically acclaimed Country suite (featuring her Still Our Country – Reflections on a Culture, MIFF 2014; and Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country). Narrated and guided by Gulpilil himself, Another Country is an attempt to make ... Read more
"A majestic work, destined to be thought of in years to come as a gift to the nation … the screening I saw received a seven-minute standing ovation." – The Age ... Upon its release in 2013, Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country was recognised as an instant classic of Australian cinema. Scoring longtime de Heer collaborator David Gulpilil a Best Actor award at Cannes, the film is a powerful meditation o... Read more
Crocodile Dreaming, acclaimed documentarian Darlene Johnson's (Gulpilil: One Red Blood, MIFF 2002) fiction debut, is a modern-day myth about two half-brothers (Gulpilil and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith's Tom E Lewis) struggling to overcome a distrust born from years of estrangement in order to find a stolen sacred stone. ... Not in competition. ... Read more
"A razor-sharp killer croc picture … takes the popular ‘When Nature Attacks' sub-genre and creates a stunningly frank condemnation of Western expansion and greed." – Not Coming to a Theatre Near You ... Dark Age finds David Gulpilil starring alongside Burnam Burnam as a pair of trackers helping park ranger Steve Harris (John Jarratt) search for a seven-metre saltwater croc – a sacred "Dreaming Cro... Read more
A collection of David Gulpilil's short films showcasing tradition, laughter, mystery and the man himself. ... Crocodile Dreaming (27 mins), acclaimed documentarian Darlene Johnson's (Gulpilil: One Red Blood, MIFF 2002) fiction debut, is a modern-day myth about two half brothers (Gulpilil and The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith's Tom E Lewis) struggling to overcome a distrust born from years of estrangem... Read more
"Gulpilil creates a fascinating, self-contained character, the sort of person who has been shown all the mysteries." – New York Times ... A striking instalment to the ground-breaking Australian cinema movement of the 1970s, The Last Wave is just as relevant today as it was on its release. Displaying director Peter Weir's characteristic preoccupation with the mysteries of nature and the connection ... Read more
David Gulpilil joins Dennis Hopper and Jack Thompson for Philippe Mora's gonzo, booze-soaked 70s take on the life of the legendary bushranger. ... An Ozploitation classic, this weird and wild western features Gulpilil as Billy, an outcast wanderer who teams up with Dennis Hopper's titular bushranger to rob the rich and take down corrupt law enforcers in 19th-century Victoria. ... Gulpilil went on ... Read more
Mimi is a satirical short from Samson and Delilah director Warwick Thornton that takes witty aim at white art collectors who miss the meaning in the Indigenous art they buy. Gulpilil stars alongside Aaron Pedersen and Sophie Lee. ... Not in competition. ... Read more
"It is impossible to watch Rabbit-Proof Fence and not be in some way affected by it." – The Guardian ... In Western Australia in 1931, 14-year-old Molly, her sister Daisy and their cousin Gracie are taken by government officials and sent to a training school. Yearning for home, they attempt to find their way back by trekking 2400 kilometres along the rabbit-proof fence. ... The heartbreaking real-... Read more
The Rainbow Serpent: the Dreamtime sees David Gulpilil narrating the traditional Aboriginal Dreamtime story, based on the book by Dick Roughsey. ... Not in competition. ... Read more
Showing Melbourne to Maningrida, made by David Gulpilil, shows a visit the actor made through the city in 1973. ... Not in competition. ... Read more
One of Australia's most beloved family films shines on the big screen. ... In a secluded wildlife reserve, 10-year-old Mike roams the coastline with his fisherman father. Theirs is an isolated existence, shared only with the Indigenous man, Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil), whom Mike has befriended in secret. When he rescues and cares for three orphaned pelican chicks, he forms a bond that forever... Read more
"At once a wry fable about jealousy and desire, a fascinating ethnographic document and a highly enjoyable nudge-in-the-ribs shaggy dog story." – Time Out ... Long ago, stories were told. Ten Canoes depicts a story within a story, in which a young man's (Jamie Gulpilil, David's son) lust for the village elder's wife is juxtaposed with a parallel story from antiquity. Over the course of the latter ... Read more
David Gulpilil delivers a seminal performance in Rolf de Heer's unflinching look at an oft-ignored chapter in Australian history. ... The first of his remarkable collaborations with Rolf de Heer, The Tracker (MIFF 2002) stars David Gulpilil as a guide who's forcibly enlisted by a posse of white policemen to hunt down an Indigenous fugitive in 1920s South Australia. ... Hailed as an anti-western an... Read more
"Walkabout is a superb work of storytelling and its material is effortlessly fascinating." – Roger Ebert ... David Gulpilil made his feature film debut in this haunting classic of cultural dislocation. Already an accomplished tribal dancer, he was just 16 years old when he caught the eye of director Nicolas Roeg (Insignificance, MIFF 1985; Performance, MIFF 1973), who was then scouting locations f... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director