De Heer visited David in Berrimah jail and persuaded him to make this semi-autobiographical film, which won him Best Actor for Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard category. His portrait of Charlie, the impoverished 60-year-old who once danced for the Queen, is authentic, heartbreaking and suffused with dignity and his indomitable spirit.
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Written by David Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer
Line Producer Julie Byrne
Producer Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr, Nils Erik Nielsen
Associate Producer Frances Djulibing
Executive Producer Troy Lum, Peter McMahon, Bryce Menzies, Sue Murray, Domenico Procacci
David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Lizzie Durrurrnga, Bobby Bunungurr, Frances Djulibing, Michael Dawa, Paul Blackwell, Peter Minygululu, John Brumpton, Jamie Gulpilil, Gary Waddell, J.B. Williams, Johnny Buniyira, Fiona Lanyon, Dan Wyllie, Gladys Womati, Richard Birrinbirrin, Terrance Malibirr, Jayden Maliburr, Jordan Maliburr, Barry Yanarrarra, Ritchie Singer, Damon Gameau, Jennifer Budukpuduk Gaykamangu, Gary Sweet, Belle Kha, Kyal Wilson, John Clark, Mark Gray, Kadek Hobman, Coryn Tambling, Wayne Anthoney, Eric Cartright, Kaletzis Sakelarios, Bojana Novakovic, Kevin Yirrawuri, Dray Thompson, Jathson Ngalmi, Eric Kerr, Kyle Murrungun, Dellax Barra, Jimmy Djamanba, Dick Fisher, Craig Behenna, Anja Holz, Helen Pereira, Adam Schneider, Samantha Young
Special thanks to Molly Reynolds, Adelaide Film Festival, Bula'bula Arts Aboriginal, Screen Australia, The South Australian Film Corporation and Vertigo Productions.