Dutch-Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer has directed a stunning triptych of films in tandem with Aboriginal screen icon David Gulpilil – Ten Canoes is the middle part of this body of work. Each of the films investigates a very different facet of Indigenous culture and De Heer has said of this unofficial trilogy that he sees himself as the conduit through which Gulpilil’s stories are told. The very notion of a storyline is perhaps inapplicable to a worldview in which the distinction between past and present is blurred, in which thousands of years can pass and the nature of people's lives remain precisely the same but this film creates a beautiful, funny, haunting world which washes over us as viewers.
Dir. Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2006, 91 minutes, subtitled.
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
Date: Monday 25 October 2021
Tickets: standard £6 / concessions £4
Free for University of Plymouth students as part of SPiA (Student Participation in Arts).