When Luke confiscates a spear Charlie spent some time fashioning, it drives him further into the bush in an attempt to reconnect with the traditional Aboriginal way of living (he is undone by the most mundane of events, a chilly and relentless rain).
After falling in with a group of homeless Aboriginals in Darwin who drink and smoke weed constantly (“long grassers,” as they’re known), Charlie is arrested and incarcerated.
Charlie is the vessel through which de Heer navigates these turbulent waters, and the script was developed during sessions when the actor would throw out ideas and the director would structure the results.
By Deputy Dog on Friday, March 07, 2008 - pm: Years ago, I was a Deputy Sheriff. The cylinder head is a low head from about 1914 - 1917, so it is not original to this engine. the body was constructed probably about 12 years ago.
We used a battery charger clamped to a cotton ball, soaked in sulfuric acid to raze serial numbers on stollen guns and cars. If you weld over the old number before grinding it smooth and restamping, the old number is gone forever! The truck body appears to be home made from plywood, in a pleasant style. the guy we bought it from said that the body that was on it was completely rotted out except for the dash and wood frame underneath.
The tangled tale of Aboriginal relations in Australia is rendered richly personal in director Rolf de Heer’s 14th dramatic feature, “Charlie’s Country.” Anchored by the charismatic, tragicomic performance of indigenous icon David Gulpilil, a veteran of “Walkabout,” “The Last Wave,” “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” plus de Heer’s “The Tracker” and “Ten Canoes,” this atmospheric and cautionary tale of a “Blackfella” caught between two cultures has all the makings of a solid arthouse performer. His friends are faring no better, as he runs afoul of the law with buddy Black Pete (co-producer Peter Djigirr) and listens to Old Lulu (Peter Minygululu) talk about preserving authentic dance culture.
” Charlie (Gulpilil) calls almost affectionately to the policeman Luke (Luke Ford) in the small Northern Territory Aboriginal community he calls home, only to get the inevitable response of “you black bastard.” But as Charlie goes about his daily tasks, it soon becomes clear he is chafing against the encroaching white laws that increasingly separate him from his traditions.