Sunday, June 18, 2006

Ten Canoes

Thanks to Jessie and Rod ,I was able to go to the Darwin launch of the new Rolf De Heer film, "Ten Canoes."
Quoting the film's website
Ten Canoes
"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.
In English storytelling (by David Gulpilil) and subtitled Ganalbingu language, this is a film unlike any you have ever seen." To see a trailer click here

(This photo of Jamie Gulpilil from the site.)
The launch was great, held in a multiplex in Darwin with actually 3 theatres opened for the crowd. Rolf De Heer introduced some of the crew.
This is David Gulpilil arriving.
David Gulpilil
and here with wife and friends.
David, his wife and friends
It was a fun night with a great crowd, I chatted with Sharyn and Elaine from Framed Gallery and their friends.
Sharyn, Elaine
Stephen, Elaine
This is Val,Rod and Jessie who invited me to attend.
Val, Rod and  Jessie
and this is myself with Val, a lifelong friend of Jessie's
from Launceston, Tasmania.
Val and self
The after party was held at the
Northern Territory Parliament House.
Parliament House Darwin
This is Jamie Gulpilil who starred in the movie as Dayindi/Yeeralparil,
on the right at the after party Jamie Gulpilil (On the right)
and with a younger friend!
Jamie Gulpilil
and this is the coproducer and one of the stars, Richard Birrinbirrin (he played "Honeyman")
Richard Birrinbirrin
David was enjoying himself.
He encouraged the movie to be made
and whilst he did not appear in the movie, his was the storyteller's voice which was done with a lot of humour.
David Gulpilil
This was another one of the lead stars Crusoe Kurddall.
Crusoe Kurddal
He played Ridjimiraril , a man with 3 wifes

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