Directed by Rolf de Heer • 2002 • Australia
Starring David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau
The year is 1922 and the Tracker (David Gulpilil) has the job of pursuing the Fugitive (Noel Wilton), an Aboriginal man who is suspected of murdering a white woman, as he leads three mounted policemen—the Fanatic (Gary Sweet), the Follower (Damon Gameau), and the Veteran (Grant Page)—across the outback. The Tracker, a mysterious and enigmatic figure whose true character remains unknown, assists them in their quest. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another, as they’re challenged by the Indigenous people they encounter and by one another.