Charlie's Country gives a good look into the harsh reality of Native Australians losing their culture to post colonialism. The film does a great job with its cinematography, showcasing the Australian Northern Territory, while also giving a first hand look into the life of Charlie, who tries to live happily and manage with the strict laws of Australia. This is a very real film and I'd recommend it to everyone.
Charlies's Country holds a very heavy message encompassing the colonialism oppressing the indigenous people of Australia. With the influence of western culture over-taking the natives, this powerful film captures the story of how Australia's indigenous people cope with preserving their culture while living out their lives in an increasingly westernized world.
FNC '14 De Heer and David Gulpilil co-wrote this quite moving and exasperating tale about longstanding government intervention on a remote Aboriginal community in Northern Australia. Gulpilil gives a moving performance capturing the complexities of a proud man beaten down by a system of racism and attempted eventual cultural annihilation. Incredible sequence of shearing that quietly sums up the film.
Beautifully shot and anchored to a heart-breaking performance from David Gulpilil, Charlie's Country has some incredibly powerful moments like Charlie visiting his mate in hospital backed by brilliant sound design that feels like a sea of ghosts waiting to take him away. It also has some less successful moments of pretty terrible acting from the supports, namely the police officers. Slow and meditative. 3.5 stars
"By simply watching Charlie competently, confidently operating on his own in the verdant, beautifully shot wild spaces outside of town, de Heer gets across everything worth saying about assimilation and what’s lost when one culture devours another. It’s a rare ... showcase where [Gulpilil's] character gets to find his own way, instead of leading others where they need to go." - Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
Meandering examination of Aboriginal lifestyle's struggle with the monolithic pointlessness of the modern state. Beautifully shot, and you can't tear your eyes away from David Gulpilil – even if other characters remain flat/monochromatic.