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Ten Canoes

Year: 2007, 92 mins
Code: MAD-TenPt1

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One hundred and fifty spears, ten canoes, three wives... trouble

A parable of forbidden love from Australia's mythical past, narrated by Australian icon David Gulpilil and starring his son Jamie as the covetous youth Dayindi, TEN CANOES is a ground-breaking glimpse into aboriginal life centuries before European settlement. Shot in and around the Arafura Wetlands of Central Arnhem Land, Rolf de Heer and the People of Ramingining have created a pioneering and timeless tale for all people and all cultures.

"Ahh, you gotta see this story of mine cause it'll make you laugh, even if you're not a blackfella. Might cry a bit too eh? But then you laugh some more...coz this story is a big true story of my people. True thing…"

Languages: Aboriginal (Djinba - Ganalbingu) / English
Subtitles: English

Director: Rolf de Heer
Written (in various Yolngu Aboriginal dialects, with English subtitles) by Mr. de Heer and the people of Ramingining
Director of photography: Ian Jones
Edited: Tania Nehme
Traditional music performed by Richard Birrinbirrin,Peter Minygululu, Billy Black, John Nudumul and Mark Muruwirri
Produced by Mr. de Heer and Julie Rya

“There is beautiful photography, and some terrifically insouciant performances from first-time actors.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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