Tuesday
27
Jun
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Tue
27
Jun
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 at 7.15pm
Australian
  • Adventure, drama, comedy
  • 2006
  • Australia
  • Colour
  • 90 mins.
 
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Ten Canoes is different in many ways. Forget Hollywood, action or predictable stories, even forget fast-paced entertainment. Ten Canoes is a quiet film, a film about how Aboriginal life has been 1,000 years ago and maybe even before that.

This excellent film tells two stories, differentiated by telling one in colour and the other in black and white, but blended in the beautiful environments of the swamps of northern Arnhem Land.

It is the distant past, tribal times. Dayindi (played by Jamie Gulpilil, son of the great David Gulpilil) covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper way, he is told a story from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, bungling mayhem and revenge gone wrong.

Ten Canoes is a celebration of the art of storytelling, and of the power of stories to transcend all barriers of space, time and language. This is a movie with sheer magic in it.

In English storytelling (by David Gulpilil) and subtitled Ganalbingu language, this is a film unlike any you have ever seen.

'We weren't really acting, we were channeling our ancestors'. — Frances Djulibing



Director:

 
Rolf de Heer

Cast:

 
Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin

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