Charlie's Country

Charlie's Country ★★★½

David Gulpilil was 15 when he starred in Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout. Now he's 61, and after a career of tracker and wise-man roles, he's scripting and starred in a film that speaks to his life experience. Charlie is an Aborigine living near Darwin, Australia in a small community dominated by white police, who start confiscating the local hunters' guns and spears, leaving them with no way to continue sustenance hunting. So Charlie heads into the bush to try to survive "in the old way." There are echoes of Into The Wild here, though the agenda isn't quite that direct and tragic; still, this is a melancholy, thoughtful, artful film rather than a raging one. Full review for The Dissolve here.