Barossa Film Club presents a classic Australian film “Charlie’s Country” starring David Gulpilil and directed by Rolf de Heer. In Australian cinema, the wilderness has long served as a rebuke to the primacy of Western civilization. With “Twelve Canoes“ and now “Charlie’s Country,” the Dutch-Australian director Rolf de Heer has portrayed the lived experience of Aboriginals that are often treated as part of an exotic landscape. Using a combination of bleak realism, fatalistic humor and a healthy dose of sentimentality, Mr. de Heer traces the downward spiral of a man who has become a refugee in his own homeland. The star David Gulpilil, an Aborigine, plays Charlie, who lives in a shack provided by the government and fitfully feels the pangs of injustice. He leads an easy-come-easy-go existence that results partly from temperament and partly from destitution; the plot lurches along according to his clashes with the police.
Made in 2013, the film was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where Dad Gulpilil won the award for Best Actor. Beautifully directed and powerfully acted, the film explores themes which are still arousing debate in Australia and the world.
The evening, at the Wine Centre at Faith College, Tanunda, will start with a short film at 7.30 pm and then, after a break for refreshments, the main feature will screen. Admission is free for members, and membership is obtainable at the door. A trailer of “Charlie’s Country” can be viewed on the Barossa Film Club website and President Imelda Carson can provide further information on 8564 8225.