Starring David Gulpilil

Starring David Gulpilil

15 Episodes

“I know how to walk across the land in front of a camera, because I belong there,” said David Gulpilil, the late, legendary Yolngu actor who, beginning as a teenager with his very first film role in Nicolas Roeg’s WALKABOUT, redefined the the way that Indigenous people were represented in Australian cinema and became an international ambassador for the resilience and dignity of his culture. His physical grace (he was an equally celebrated dancer) and intense charisma made him a defining face of the Australian New Wave in classics such as STORM BOY and THE LAST WAVE, while acclaimed personal projects like TEN CANOES and CHARLIE’S COUNTRY—which he cowrote and for which he won an acting award at the Cannes Film Festival—allowed him to explore Australian history and society from an Aboriginal perspective.

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Starring David Gulpilil
  • Introducing David Gulpilil

    Episode 1

    This short introduction to David Gulpilil was produced in 2022.

  • Starring David Gulpilil Teaser

    Episode 2

  • Walkabout

    Episode 3

    Directed by Nicolas Roeg • 1971 • Australia
    Starring Jenny Agutter, Lucien John, David Gulpilil

    A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to cope in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg. Alon...

  • Storm Boy

    Episode 4

    Directed by Henri Safran • 1976 • Australia
    Starring Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil

    This deeply affecting classic of the Australian New Wave is one of the most moving films ever made about the relationship between children and animals. Cut off from the world by his reclusive father (Pe...

  • Mad Dog Morgan

    Episode 5

    Directed by Philippe Mora • 1976 • Australia
    Starring Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil

    Dan Morgan (Dennis Hopper), an Irish prospector who turns to crime and opium after failing at gold mining in nineteenth-century Australia, spends six brutal years in prison, enduring cruel mistreat...

  • The Last Wave

    Episode 6

    Directed by Peter Weir • 1977 • Australia
    Starring Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, Gulpilil

    Richard Chamberlain stars as Australian lawyer David Burton, who takes on the defense of a group of aborigines accused of killing one of their own. He suspects the victim has been killed for violatin...

  • Gulpilil—One Red Blood

    Episode 7

    Directed by Darlene Johnson • 2002 • Australia
    Starring David Gulpilil

    Legendary Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil shares the story of his extraordinary life, career, and philosophy in this insightful documentary portrait. Interwoven with footage of the actor at his home in Ramingining in Australi...

  • Rabbit-Proof Fence

    Episode 8

    Directed by Phillip Noyce • 2002 • Australia
    Starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan

    Based on a true story, this powerful tale of courage and survival vividly portrays the experiences of Australia’s stolen generations—the thousands of half-white, half-Aboriginal children who were...

  • Mimi
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    Episode 9

    Mimi

    Episode 9

    Directed by Warwick Thornton • 2002 • Australia
    Starring Sophie Lee, Aaron Pedersen, David Gulpilil

    A white collector of Aboriginal art gets a shock when the Mimi sculpture she purchased comes to life in this cunning satire of an industry that values Indigenous art without appreciating the cultu...

  • The Tracker

    Episode 10

    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—t...

  • The Proposition

    Episode 11

    Directed by John Hillcoat • 2005 • Australia, United Kingdom
    Starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson

    Scripted and scored by Nick Cave, this brutal, starkly beautiful tale of revenge and colonial guilt transposes the mythic themes of the American western to the harsh, unforgiving landscap...

  • Ten Canoes

    Episode 12

    Directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr • 2006 • Australia
    Starring Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin

    Australia, long, long ago . . . Dayindi (Jamie Gulpilil), a young Aboriginal warrior, covets the youngest wife of his older brother. To teach him his proper path, an elder ...

  • Charlie’s Country

    Episode 13

    Directed by Rolf de Heer • 2013 • Australia
    Starring David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford

    Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie (David Gulpilil, who also cowrote the screenplay) is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its strangle...

  • Another Country

    Episode 14

    Directed by Molly Reynolds • 2015 • Australia
    Starring David Gulpilil

    The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the tale of ANOTHER COUNTRY, a story of what happened when his people’s traditional way of life was interrupted by the devastating effects of colonialism. This urgent ...

  • My Name Is Gulpilil

    Episode 15

    Directed by Molly Reynolds • 2021 • Australia
    Starring David Gulpilil

    After his terminal cancer diagnosis in 2017, the late Indigenous screen legend David Gulpilil sat down in front of the camera to tell his story in his own words, taking us boldly on the journey that was his extraordinary life...