Unforgettable as Fingerbone Bill, this was the first of many occasions when David had the whole world under his spell. A hit even in China and the USSR, here its deep and lasting impact on a young Indigenous generation is less widely known.
As a girl, Natasha Wanganeen, now an actor herself, saw him on a TV set at Point Pearce Aboriginal Mission, and thought “he’s like me, I’m like him. And it made me feel good… he let me know I had a place here…Watching him be so happy and free and such a larrikin. That’s exactly us!”
Event additional information
Screenplay Sonia Borg
Novel by Colin Thiele
Producer Matt Carroll
Associate producer Jane Scott
Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison, Michael Moody, Graham Dow, Eric Mack, Frank Foster-Brown, Michael Caulfield, Paul Smith, Hedley Cullen
Produced by The South Australian Film Corporation.