Charlie's Country

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Charlie's Country

When police begin enforcing the hunting laws in Charlie's remote town, he loses access to his main food source. He flees the place in search of his old life in the bush. Charlie's Country debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won Gulpilil a well deserved acting award – it would be hard to imagine the film without him (Rolf de Heer in fact concocted the story with Gulpilil while the actor was in prison). It's a simple story about a complex problem: where do Indigenous people belong in a modern world that has comprehensively let them down? There are laughs here as well as moments of devastation, thankfully, and genuine joy in scenes where Charlie realises the bush can sustain him. This is hopefully not the last time the actor collaborates with De Heer, but as a cap to the trilogy including Ten Canoes and The Tracker, it's a powerful statement.

By: Nick Dent


Release details

Rated: M
Release date: Thursday July 17 2014
Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Fredrik Bond
Screenwriter: Matt Drake
Cast: Shia LaBeouf
Mads Mikkelsen
Evan Rachel Wood
John Hurt
Rupert Grint
Til Schweiger