Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie (David Gulpilil) is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stranglehold over the community's traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. His new modern life offers him a way to survive but, ultimately, it is one he has no power over. Finally fed up when his gun, his newly crafted spear and his best friend's jeep are confiscated, Charlie heads into the wild on his own, to live the old way. However, Charlie hasn't reckoned on where he might end up, nor on how much life has changed since the old days...
Affecting film about struggling with poverty and change
- Charlie's Country review by TF
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The opening shot is if a road entering an aboriginal Australian 'area'. Alcohol is banned, and when the aboriginees cross this line, they can still be banned (from purchasing alcohol). This is part of the tragedy, and Charlie thinks that the land should be theirs. Charlie retains his sense of humour, and with it some sense of his identity and of dignity. But things will go wrong and he must overcome them.