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Ten Canoes

A man teaches his younger brother an important lesson through an ancient fable in this period comedy drama shot in Australia, and the first feature film made in the Aboriginal language of Ganalbingu. As narrator David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu sets up the story, we watch a group of tribesmen led by elder Minygululu (Peter Minygululu) set out on an expedition to gather bark for canoe building and collect the precious eggs of the magpie geese. It has become clear to Minygululu that his younger brother Dayindi (Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu) is infatuated with the youngest of his three wives, and Minygululu wants to be sure Dayindi doesn't do something he'll regret later on. To teach his brother a lesson, Minygululu shares with him a long story about Ridjimiraril (Crusoe Kurddal), a warrior who finds that his brother Yeeralparil (also played by Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu) has become a rival for the affections of his bride. However, while Minygululu's story caries a clear message for his brother, it also goes on long enough with enough twists, turns, and digressions that it gives Dayindi little opportunity to get into mischief during the trip. Ten Canoes received its world premiere at Australia's Adelaide Festival of Arts, and was first screened in North America at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
UPC: 0660200315825
Original Release: 2006
Rating: NR
Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:32:00

Special Features

The Balanda and the Bark Canoes - The Making of Ten Canoes (55 Min); Aerial map of Arnhem Land; Interview with Peter Djigirr; Interview with director Rolf de Heer; Photo gallery: Thompson Photographs Revisited; Study guide (DVD-ROM); US theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Crusoe Kurddal Ridjimiraril
Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu Dayindi/Yeeralparil
Richard Birrinbirrin Birrinbirrin
Jamie Gulpilil Actor
Peter Minygululu Minygululu
Frances Djulibing Nowalingu
Sonia Djarrabarlminym Banalandju
Cassandra Malangarri Baker Munandjarra
Philip Gudthaykudthay The Sorcerer
David Gulpilil The Storyteller

Technical Credits
Rolf de Heer Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Billy Black Score Composer
James Currie Sound/Sound Designer
Beverly Freeman Art Director
Tom Heuzenroeder Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Jones Cinematographer
Karen Mahood Asst. Director
Rory McGregor Sound/Sound Designer
Bryce Menzies Executive Producer
Sue Murray Executive Producer
Tania Nehme Editor
Nils Erik Nielsen Associate Producer
Domenico Procacci Executive Producer
Julie Ryan Producer
Belinda Scott Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 10 Canoes
1. My Story [4:32]
2. Dayindi [7:02]
3. The Proud Warrior [5:02]
4. Off to See His Girl [3:05]
5. A Stranger [6:37]
6. Life As Usual [5:53]
7. Missing [4:53]
8. Seen With the Stranger [5:15]
9. While the Men Were Away [6:51]
10. A Pact [5:03]
11. Payback [3:45]
12. Crossing the Swamp [5:38]
13. The Spear Throwing [2:57]
14. Wounded [1:12]
15. Fighting Sorcery [1:54]
16. The Death Dance [6:19]
17. Preparing for the Journey [8:36]
18. Credits [2:52]

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