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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 Charlie's Country
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Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil collaborate to create a tragi-comic portrait of Charlie's struggle to understand how he should define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia.

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Collaborations and Renegotiations : Re-examining the ‘Sacred’ in the Film-Making of David Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer Alison Jasper , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and Theology , June vol. 31 no. 2 2017; (p. 187–199)

'This article discusses the term ‘sacred’ in relation to the work of nineteenth-century sociologist Émile Durkheim, for whom the word denoted the objects, practices and assumptions that sustained communal solidarity and fostered dynamic energies, whether or not they were conventionally described as ‘religious’. I then turn to the work of more recent scholars of ‘critical religion’ suggesting that the terms ‘religion’ and ‘the sacred’ derive from a predominantly western, patriarchal and colonial context, forming part of a complex network of interconnected categories that represent a distinctive and dominant discourse of power constructing a privileged identity through hostile Othering or exclusions. Arguably, in the Australian mainstream, a discourse of ‘religion’ imported largely by Christian settlers from the west over the last two hundred years has been employed to exclude Aboriginal ways of understanding the world, for example by promoting the category of ‘land’ as an exploitable, God-given human possession. Nevertheless, drawing on the work of Julia Kristeva, I understand that an encounter with the Other—whether the Aboriginal or the balanda—can be viewed differently: as a zone of properly disturbing but also creative possibility. It remains very important, however, to acknowledge the power imbalances that are still embedded within such encounters, and the consequent risks to indigenous Australians, of further dislocation and dispossession. This idea is explored through a consideration of the collaborative film-making of David Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer and, in particular, of two films: Ten Canoes (2006) and Charlie’s Country (2013).'  (Publication abstract)

The 100 Best Australian Films of the New Millenium Erin Free , Dov Kornits , Travis Johnson , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 22 September 2016;
They Are My Totem : We Sing and Dance to the Pelicans Penelope Debelle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 October 2015; (p. 16)
French Feel for Festival Penelope Debelle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 June 2015; (p. 24)
Destined Again to be a Winner Antimo Iannella , Anna Vlach , Matt Gilbertson , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 March 2015; (p. 24)
Out of the Shadowlands Jane Freebury , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 July 2014; (p. 27)

— Review of Charlie's Country Rolf De Heer 2013 single work film/TV
A Rare Talent Saved from Himself Actor Saved from Himself Sandra Hall , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 13 July 2014; (p. 19) The Sunday Age , 13 July 2014; (p. 19)

— Review of Charlie's Country Rolf De Heer 2013 single work film/TV
De Heer and Gulpilil Have Saved the Best for Last Paul Byrnes , 2014 single work
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 July 2014; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Charlie's Country Rolf De Heer 2013 single work film/TV
Searching for Salvation in a Troubled Country Nick Dent , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 13 July vol. 13 July no. 2014; (p. 81)

— Review of Charlie's Country Rolf De Heer 2013 single work film/TV
Star Turn from Gulpilil Evan Williams , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 July 2014; (p. 14)

— Review of Charlie's Country Rolf De Heer 2013 single work film/TV
Gulpilil's Award Welcome Addition to Opera House Memories Garry Maddox , 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 May 2013; (p. 8)
After Jail, Gulpilil Rebuilds His Life with the Help of an Old Friend Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 October 2013; (p. 10)
'Screen Worship' : The 2013 Adelaide Film Festival Kath Dooley , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , December no. 69 2013;
Michod and de Heer Films in Competition in Cannes 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 April 2014; (p. 12)
Aussie Films Big at Cannes Neala Johnson , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 11 May 2014; (p. 32-33)
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