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TEN CANOES
TEN CANOES Rated: NR    Runtime: 90 mins.
'A story like you've never heard before', claims well-known Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu's droll off-screen narrator, and this deeply enjoyable fable fully delivers on his promise. Ten Canoes was developed in collaboration with the indigenous community of Ramingining, and evolved into a stylishly told ancient tale, with a refreshingly modern feel. Setting out on an annual goose egg collecting expedition, old Minygululu discovers that his younger unmarried brother Dayindi has designs on his third and youngest wife. To 'help him live the proper way', Minygululu decides to tell him a salutary tale of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery and inept revenge set in the mythical past, replete with plentiful digressions and ample bawdy humour. Using anthropology inspired black and white photography for the framing device and saturated colour for the story within the story, the film looks gorgeous, capturing the full otherworldly potential of the Arafura swamp region. Combining ethnographic detail with entertaining narrative, showing respect without being preachy, this guilelessly enchanting film is an unmissable one of a kind. Directed by Rolf de Heer. Co-directed by Peter Djigirr. Written by Rolf de Heer in consultation with the people of Ramingining. With Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu, Frances Djulibing & David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu. Australia. 2006. MPAA Rating: NR . Running time: 90 mins.