My Name is Gulpilil

My Name is Gulpilil

2DCS12
Director:Molly Reynoldsová
Premiere:20. June 2022
Length:102 minutes
Genre:Documentary

Director: Molly Reynoldsová

Here is the world's first globally renowned Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil in his final film which is also all about his life. Director Molly Reynolds made the documentary several years before Gulpilil's death, at a time when he was already seriously ill with stage four lung cancer. The documentary attempts to cover the artist's whole life, from his acting career to his alcohol addiction, the relationships he went through, and ultimately his illness. It notes Gulpilil's significant mark on contemporary Australian cinema with roles in seminal works such as Walkabout, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Tracker, Charlie's Country and the comedy Crocodile Dundee.

David Gulpilil was born in 1953 in Arnhem Land (in northern Australia), where he grew up in a traditional Aboriginal environment. He was discovered by British director Nicolas Roeg when he was a young Aboriginal dancer and he subsequently became an internationally acclaimed film star. He was honoured with numerous awards for his life's work and individual performances.

This documentary was largely filmed in 2017 with the assumption that Gulpilil didn’t have much time left. He died in November 2021. The use of Gulpilil's name in the film's title is potentially problematic, as Aboriginal culture forbids the names or images of deceased to be published or spoken after their death. In this instance however, the family made an exception which it published after David Gulpilil’s death, giving permission for this to occur due to the fact that David Gulpilil himself wanted his name and work to be widely known and spoken about.

Length: 102 min

Year: 2021
Local premiere date: 20. June 2022
World premiere date: 20. June 2022

Country of origin:

  • Australia

Director: Molly Reynoldsová

Here is the world's first globally renowned Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil in his final film which is also all about his life. Director Molly Reynolds made the documentary several years before Gulpilil's death, at a time when he was already seriously ill with stage four lung cancer. The documentary attempts to cover the artist's whole life, from his acting career to his alcohol addiction, the relationships he went through, and ultimately his illness. It notes Gulpilil's significant mark on contemporary Australian cinema with roles in seminal works such as Walkabout, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Tracker, Charlie's Country and the comedy Crocodile Dundee.

David Gulpilil was born in 1953 in Arnhem Land (in northern Australia), where he grew up in a traditional Aboriginal environment. He was discovered by British director Nicolas Roeg when he was a young Aboriginal dancer and he subsequently became an internationally acclaimed film star. He was honoured with numerous awards for his life's work and individual performances.

This documentary was largely filmed in 2017 with the assumption that Gulpilil didn’t have much time left. He died in November 2021. The use of Gulpilil's name in the film's title is potentially problematic, as Aboriginal culture forbids the names or images of deceased to be published or spoken after their death. In this instance however, the family made an exception which it published after David Gulpilil’s death, giving permission for this to occur due to the fact that David Gulpilil himself wanted his name and work to be widely known and spoken about.

Year: 2021
Local premiere date: 20. June 2022
World premiere date: 20. June 2022

Country of origin:

  • Australia
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