David Gulpilil is an iconic figure of Australian cinema and has been for fifty years. His mesmerising, electrifying presence has leapt off the big screen and changed Australian screen representation in the process.
He is the only actor to be in both of the two highest grossing Australian films of all time, Crocodile Dundee (1986) and Australia (2008), and his films have grossed more than $100 million dollars at the Australian Box Office.
Now, ABCG Film has released My Name is Gulpilil. The film premiered at a sold-out Adelaide Festival screening, and you can catch it at much-loved theatre Mercury CX soon.
From his breakthrough performance in Walkabout (1971) to today, Gulpilil is known throughout the world for his unforgettable performances in films including Storm Boy (1976), Mad Dog Morgan (1976), The Last Wave (1977), The Tracker (2002), Rabbit Proof Fence (2002), Australia (2008), Charlie’s Country (2013) and Goldstone (2016), plus many more.
Internationally, his films have been lauded at all of the world’s A-list festivals: Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Toronto and Cannes, where he won Best Actor, Un Certain Regard in 2014 (Charlie’s Country), an award only given a handful of times in the event’s history.
Directed by Molly Reynolds, and produced by Gulpilil, Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr and Reynolds, My Name is Gulpilil marks the culmination of a 20 year creative collaboration, and comes full circle back to Adelaide Festival.
It was 2002’s The Tracker, commissioned by Adelaide Festival, in which David starred the first lead role of his career. Directed and written by Rolf de Heer, the film screened In Competition at Venice Film Festival, and premiered at Adelaide Festival with a live performance of the score, with Archie Roach.
My Name is Gulpilil was commissioned by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and the World Premiere is presented in partnership with the 2021 Adelaide Festival.
My Name is Gulpilil is a Vertigo Production produced and filmed on Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Andyamathana Lands.
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My Name is Gulpilil will soon be showing at Mercury CX at 13 Morphett Street.