The TIFF Bell Lightbox is screening the critically acclaimed film Charlie’s Country. The Australian cinematic duo, director Rolf de Heer and actor David Gulpilil have gained recognition from previous collaborations including The Tracker and Ten Canoes, which played at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil co-wrote their most recent collaboration Charlie’s Country, which ended up being a semi-autobiography of Gulpilil’s life saying, “This is my film, about me!”
The film centers on a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia. The protagonist, Charlie, once a warrior, is now trying to keep the community’s traditional way of life, which becomes all too difficult with the government’s constant control in a modern day world. After becoming rundown, Charlie decides to live on his own in the wild until once again, he’s faced with challenges dealing with the intertwinement of the traditional ways and the control over their land.
Gulpilil’s strong and emotional performance is not to be underrated. This compelling story portrays the struggles behind an aboriginal community who begin to feel like outsiders in their own home. Even though the aboriginals are given their land back, the government control proves that their traditional ways are long gone.
Charlie’s Country opens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox today, August 21st. Buy tickets HERE.