My Name is Gulpilil National Virtual Q&A

[by Cathy Gallagher]


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Ahead of the national theatrical release of My Name is Gulpilil on May 27, cinemas across all states and territories will unite on the evening of May 26 for a live-streamed, interactive Q&A event, honouring the screen career of Australian living legend David Gulpilil.


A collaborative national event, fitting for such a national cinema icon, the evening will enable audiences from across urban and regional Australia to participate in an intimate conversation about the life, 50 year career, and story of David Gulpilil, with some very special people who have been part of his extraordinary journey: – good friend and screen legend Jack Thompson OAM PhD – Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre Stephen Page – founding member of Yothu Yindi and producer/star of High Ground Witiyana Marika – Australia’s leading film critic and longtime friend Margaret Pomeranz.


The event will be hosted by media personality, founding member of the acclaimed Marngrook Footy Show, Yolngu woman Leila Gurruwiwi. Distributor ABCG Film said “Thanks to the support of Screen Australia, cinemas and enthusiastic audiences across the country, our incredible participants, and the wonders of modern technology we are very excited to be able to bring together people from all corners of our geographically massive nation in the name of the one and only David Gulpilil.”


Audiences will be able to participate by sending questions via a QR code on screen in cinema.


Nearing the end of his extraordinary, culture-clashing life, the great Australian actor David Gulpilil performs one last time. Engaging with the camera as never before, he calls upon his electrifying, mesmerising screen presence to connect with what is for him, his final audience. Gulpilil shows us what it was to live a dizzying mix of traditional Aboriginal ways and modern Hollywood excess.


He reminisces about his films, from Storm Boy and Crocodile Dundee to Rabbit Proof Fence and Charlie's Country, and the effects of his fame on a tribal boy from Arnhem Land. He explores his worlds of acting, of dancing, and painting...and what it is to stare down death. But life interferes with David's march towards his personal his words, "I should have been dead long time ago!"


In this, his final film, the great Australian actor David Gulpilil shows what a survivor he is, and he how came to be the living legend we know him to be.


My Name is Gulpilil is directed by Molly Reynolds and produced by Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr, David Gulpilil and Molly Reynolds. Produced and Filmed on Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Andyamathana Lands.


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