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Australia has selected director Rolf de Heer’s Aborigine-themed “Charlie’s Country” as its contender for foreign-language Academy Award contention.

“Charlie’s Country” was developed, written, produced and directed by de Heer, and co-developed by lead actor David
Gulpilil.

It is the third film in de Heer’s unofficial trilogy and longstanding collaboration with Gulpilil, that began with “The Tracker” in 2002 and was followed by “Ten Canoes” in 2006.

The story centres on the character of Charlie who decides to make a stand following the new invasion of his Aboriginal community. He finds he still has a long way to fall.

The film premiered at the Adelaide and Cannes festivals in May and has since travelled to Toronto and London festivals. It will next be seen at the Hawaii and Philadelphia festivals.

In Australia it is distributed by Entertainment One. Internationally it is represented by Visit Films, which recently licensed it to StudioCanal UK for release in Britain.

“Charlie’s Country” is a co-production between Vertigo Productions and Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation, produced by Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr and Rolf de Heer with executive producers Domenico Procacci, Bryce Menzies, Sue Murray, Troy Lum and Peter McMahon. The film is presented by Screen Australia and Domenico Procacci and produced in association with the South Australian Film Corporation, Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation and the Adelaide Film Festival.