- General info
The first full-length feature film made entirely in indigenous Australian languages, "Ten Canoes" captures the adventure, mystery and the drama of a magical and ancient tribal world. Journey back thousands of years into the mythical past and deep into the Arafura swamp region as ten select tribesman set out on their annual goose egg hunt. The drama heightens and intrigue deepens as secrets emerge and an ancient and salutary tale that delves into the tribes' history is told by the old and sage tribal elder, Minygululu. Warring tribes, sorcery, misunderstandings and plenty of bawdy humour combine to make a rich and beguiling film, an unmissable tale of magic and suspense.
- Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu, Frances Djulibing, David Gulpilil, Sonia Djarrabalminym, Cassandra Malangarri Baker, Philip Gudthaykudthay, Peter Djigirr, Michael Dawu, Bobby Bunungurr, Johnny Buniyira, Billy Black, Steven Wilinydjanu Maliburr, Carl Dhalurruma, Kathy Gonun, Jennifer Djenana, Sylvia Nupunya Gaykamangu, Silvia Gapany Gaykamangu
- Rolf De Heer, Peter Djigirr
- Rolf De Heer
- Universal Pictures
- Action & Adventure, Comedy
2006 Cannes Un Certain Regard Special Prize
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 78 minutes
- English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
- English Hard of Hearing
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
- Colour and B & W
- Making Canoes: Interviews with Peter Djigirr and Rolf De Heer
- The Balanda and the Bark Canoes: Making Ten Canoes
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- Ten Canoes review by Kurtz
There’s nothing like a good yarn to while away the hours, and the Aboriginal culture seems particularly rich in the tradition of storytelling. Filtered through a doubly distancing lens- a story within a story- and told largely in the Aboriginal language, “Ten Canoes” nonetheless catches the attention with mystery, magic, murder and forbidden love. A worthy film that is part entertainment, part defiant celebration of a culture under extreme threat.
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