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Ten Canoes (2006)

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A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

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Rolf de Heer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Crusoe Kurddal Crusoe Kurddal ... Ridjimiraril
Jamie Gulpilil Jamie Gulpilil ... Dayindi / Yeeralparil (as Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu)
Richard Birrinbirrin Richard Birrinbirrin ... Birrinbirrin
Peter Minygululu Peter Minygululu ... Minygululu
Frances Djulibing Frances Djulibing ... Nowalingu
David Gulpilil ... The Storyteller (as David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu)
Sonia Djarrabalminym Sonia Djarrabalminym ... Banalandju
Cassandra Malangarri Baker Cassandra Malangarri Baker ... Munandjarra
Philip Gudthaykudthay Philip Gudthaykudthay ... The Sorcerer
Peter Djigirr Peter Djigirr ... Canoeist / The Victim / Warrior
Michael Dawu Michael Dawu ... Canoeist / The Stranger
Bobby Bunungurr Bobby Bunungurr ... Canoeist / Uncle
Johnny Buniyira Johnny Buniyira ... Canoeist / Warrior
Billy Black Billy Black ... Canoeist / Warrior
Steven Wilinydjanu Maliburr Steven Wilinydjanu Maliburr ... Canoeist / Warrior
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Storyline

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and realizes that his younger brother Dayindi may try to steal away the youngest wife. So, over a few days and several trips to hunt and gather, Minygululu tells Dayindi a story set in the time of their ancestors when a stranger came to the village and disrupted the lives of a serious man named Ridjimiraril, his three wives, and his younger brother Yeeralparil who had no wife and liked to visit his youngest sister-in-law. Through stories, can values be taught and balance achieved? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ten canoes, three wives, one hundred and fifty spears...trouble See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

Aboriginal | English

Release Date:

29 June 2006 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

10 Canoes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,076, 3 June 2007

Gross USA:

$283,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,360,030
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This will be the first ever major Australian feature film completely filmed in an Indigenous Aboriginal language. See more »

Quotes

The group: [all walking in a line]
Canoeist: Everyone stop!
[all stop and turn]
The Storyteller: That one is Djigirr. Djigirr talk too much, but maybe he heard something.
Canoeist: I refuse to walk at the end. Someone ahead keeps farting.
The group: [laughter] Not me. Not me.
Canoeist: It's you again. You're always so silent. Silent but deadly. Admit it.
Canoeist: Alright, it's me.
Canoeist: You're rotten inside.
Canoeist: I'm rotten inside.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

There are currently 3 versions of the film:
  • (1) the Yolngu languages dialogue version with English subtitles & narration;
  • (2) the Yolngu languages dialogue & storytelling version in Mandalpingu with English subtitles
  • (3) the Yolngu language only version without any subtitles
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Referenced in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) See more »

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A revelatory experience
4 July 2006 | by onamissionSee all my reviews

Wow. If your main prior experience of Aboriginal film is with black and white documentary footage from the 50s and 60s or with the many films examining the impact of white culture on black society and the often tragic results of their interplay, this will turn it on its head. The movies worships nature and the land in the same way Aboriginal culture views the land not as backdrop or something to be exploited, but as almost human itself. Without qualification or embellishment, the camera marvels at the beauty of the landscape, and we do too. The story is set many generations ago, but there is no sense of time; it could be yesterday, or 40,000 years ago. Time hasn't changed the way of life of the people we are introduced to nor the lessons the young must learn to reach maturity, as our hero Yeeralpiril discovers. David Gulpilil's narration is so masterful it suggests he has another twenty stories up his sleeve just as beguiling to tell you as this one. Film-making like this is a rare experience. Let there be more.


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