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My Name is Gulpilil  

[by Cathy Gallagher]

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Ahead of Adelaide Film Festival’s Gala World Premiere screening at the Adelaide Festival tonight, ABCG Film is proud to launch the trailer for My Name is Gulpilil.

 

David Gulpilil is an iconic figure of Australian cinema and has been for fifty years. His mesmerising, electrifying presence has leapt off the big screen and changed Australian screen representation in the process.

 

Integral to the telling of so many legendary screen stories, Gulpilil, now nearing the end of his life, generously shares his own story with us in My Name is Gulpilil. The actor, dancer, singer and painter takes us boldly on the journey that is his most extraordinary, culture-clashing life.

 

From his breakthrough performance in Walkabout (1971) to today, Gulpilil is known throughout the world for his unforgettable performances in films including Storm Boy (1976), Mad Dog Morgan (1976), The Last Wave (1977), The Tracker (2002), Rabbit Proof Fence (2002), Australia (2008), Charlie’s Country (2013) and Goldstone (2016), among many more.

 

Gulpilil’s films have been a success at festivals, with critics, and at the Box Office. He is the only actor in both of the two highest grossing Australian films of all time, Crocodile Dundee (1986) and Australia (2008), and his films have grossed more than $100 million dollars at the Australian Box Office.

 

Internationally, his films have been lauded at all of the world’s A-list festivals: Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Toronto and Cannes, where he won Best Actor, Un Certain Regard in 2014 (Charlie’s Country), an award only given a handful of times in the event’s history.

 

He has worked with some of cinema’s greats, been an inspiration and a role model of visibility for generations.

 

Early in 2017 Gulpilil was diagnosed with lung cancer. His doctors estimated six months for him but David, being David, was always likely to defy the odds. And he continues to do so with probably his last great work, My Name is Gulpilil. 

 

Directed by Molly Reynolds, and produced by Gulpilil, Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr and Reynolds, My Name is Gulpilil marks the culmination of a 20 year creative collaboration, and comes full circle back to Adelaide Festival.

 

It was 2002’s The Tracker, commissioned by Adelaide Festival, in which David starred the first lead role of his career. Directed and written by Rolf de Heer, the film screened In Competition at Venice Film Festival, and premiered at Adelaide Festival with a live performance of the score, with Archie Roach.

 

My Name is Gulpilil was commissioned by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and the World Premiere is presented in partnership with the 2021 Adelaide Festival.

 

My Name is Gulpilil will release in cinemas nationally in 2021 through ABCG Film.

 

My Name is Gulpilil is a Vertigo Production produced and filmed on Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Andyamathana Lands. Produced with the assistance of the Adelaide Film Festival and financed with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation and Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Filmed with the assistance of Screen Australia. Special thanks to our treasured cultural institution, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.