This is anathema for my sort of filmmaking. Moreover, by demystifying the Aborigines’ hunter-gatherer existence, Ten Canoes educates its audiences and provides a much-needed corrective to the historical falsification and racist lies that have long polluted Australia’s cultural atmosphere—which seek to blame the Aboriginal people themselves for the horrendous oppression and poverty they continue to suffer.
This is the second part of a series of articles on the 2006 Sydney Film Festival, held June 9-25.
Richard Phillips: Could you tell me about anthropologist Donald Thomson and how his photos helped inspire Ten Canoes? Ten Canoes is an extraordinarily unique film about the Indigenous Australian Yolngu people, who live in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The original individuals in that picture have all been identified and there are many people up there related to them. The film couldn’t be made if they didn’t feel that they had ownership of the process. He is a revered figure and rightly so. Ten Canoes begins with a playful acknowledgement of the type of stories that non-Indigenous Australian audiences are used to seeing.
When the war came he went back up there and organised native patrols. It meant that if there was to be any conflict, it had to occur in a much earlier period, so the main part of the film is set in mythical times. Over the past two years the number of features made in Australia has dropped to record lows.
As the unseen Storyteller (David Gulpilil) tells us, ‘It’s not a story like your story, but it’s a good story’. RH: There was a lot—about the photographs and many other things. In fact, the canoe making and hunting sequences are mainly of anthropological interest. The Storyteller then laughs and says, ‘Nah not like that, I’m only joking’. No previous local movie about Aborigines—Jedda (1955), Walkabout (1971), The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith (1978), Women of the Sun television miniseries (1981), Radiance (1998), Yolngu Boys (2001), One Night the Moon (2001) or The Tracker (2002)—has ever tried to recreate pre-European Aboriginal life. I had the expertise, but they had the power of veto, the power of inclusion and the creative expertise. He was sent to Arnhem Land in 1937 because there were moves to send a punitive expedition against local Aborigines—in other words a killing party.
The next major issue was they didn’t want the “old times” portrayed as a period of conflict.
He has made 11 features since 1984 including, Incident at Raven’s Gate, The Quiet Room, The Old Man Who Loved to Read Stories, Dance to Me My Song, Bad Boy Bubby, The Tracker and Alexandra’s Project. Ten Canoes es una película dirigida por Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr con Jamie Gulpilil, Crusoe Kurddal. I don’t want people to think that it is part of this discussion and not go and see it, which would be a real pity.
Zidane Last Game Real Madrid, Three Customer Care, Germany Vs Italy Legends Friendly, Guidant Group Us, Wollongong Beach, Janssen High Wycombe, Grand Canyon Map, Sleeps With Angels, Mr Peabody And Sherman - Watch Online, Kya Kehna Lyrics, Valve Index Half-life: Alyx, Drake Parents, Carlyle Group Tear Gas, Johnson Baby Cream Ingredients, Alice In Wonderland Original Book, Lions Body, Ander Herrera Kit Number, Vader Immortal Episode 1, Mi Vs Dc Head To Head, Anschluss - Sudetenland, Kazakhstan Fifa Ranking 2020, Guadalcanal Battle Map, Wythenshawe Hospital Departments, Galynn Patricia Brady, Ipswich Hospital Parking Pay By Card, Moving To Switzerland, 18 One Direction Lyrics, Tuscaloosa Population, Fortunio Bonanova, Leonard Schleifer Linkedin, Richard Madden Interview, Changes Justin Bieber, Michigan Wolverines Football Recruiting, Mala Noche Meaning, Jalen Hurd Dynasty, The Dialectic Of Sex, Drake And Josh 2020, Dead Scarlet Dawn, Pittsburgh Pirates Tickets, Mitch Mcconnell Today, Extra Sim Card, Messi Stats In Copa América, Tom Felton Wife Name, Ronaldo Fifa 20 Potential, Rory Keenan Movies And Tv Shows, Fashion In Spain Vs Usa, Liverpool Live Stream Match, How To Install Ring Doorbell, How’d Ya Do It Dee, My 3 Bill, 127 Hours Netflix, Compare And Contrast Brazil And The United States, Julian Weigl Benfica, Mendix Siemens Pune, Memory Typer, Ted Mosby Net Worth, Difference Between Ireland And Germany, Arch Kelley III, Ángel Correa FIFA 20, Pakistan Population, How To Pronounce Flock, Nancy Pelosi Children Ages, Full House Cast, Champions Forever Southfield, Why Earth Around The Sun, La Paz Mexico Map, Business Etiquette In Canada, Ali Vs Tyson Fury, Kid Colt, Access Gsk Login, Spain Vs France Economy, Crystal Visions Tarot Companion Book, David Crosby, Is The Scream Team On Disney Plus, Fifa World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Points Table, Alex Jones, James Buckley Movies And Tv Shows, All I Ask Of You Meaning, Call Me The Breeze, Jo Durie Net Worth, Winky Wright Net Worth 2019, Ronny Cox Net Worth, Openai Stock Price, England Vs Greece 2001 Match Report, Love The Way You Lie Rihanna Lyrics, Olivia Wilde Tron, Laura Hawn, You Rock My World Meaning, The Italian (1915),