Film Details

Nomination Category:

Best Performance by an Actor

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Rolf de Heer


David Gulpilil

Charlie's Country

Special_Mention_Performance_by_an_actor_laurel_225_101A dancer, didgeridoo player, and one of Australia’s best known actors, David Gulpilil was in Nicholas Roeg’s Walkabout (1971) at age 16.

Gulpilil’s legendary screen career, now into its fifth decade, encompasses some of the most renowned works in Australian cinema history, including the top two highest grossing Australian films of all time, Crocodile Dundee (1986) and Australia (2008). He also starred in Mad Dog Morgan (1976) alongside Dennis Hopper, in the AFI Best Film winner Stormboy (1976), Peter Weir’s thriller The Last Wave (1977), Philip Noyce’s Golden Globe® nominated Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) and John Hillcoat’s The Proposition (2005).

Charlie’s Country, which he also co-wrote, is his third film with friend and filmmaker Rolf de Heer, following The Tracker (2000) and Ten Canoes (2006). For his leading role he won the 2014 Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize for Best Actor.