In what is very likely his final film, the great Australian actor David Gulpilil faces his own mortality: he is dying of lung cancer. Holding the camera figuratively in the palm of his hand, David performs directly for whoever might be out there in the future looking at him, to what is for him his final audience. He talks about what it is to stare down death, and what it was to live a life such as he did, a dizzying mix of traditional Aboriginal ways and modern Hollywood excess, and everything in between. It is pure, unmediated and unvarnished David Gulpilil, finally able to say in a film exactly what he wants to say.
Despite the diagnoses and the prognostications of finality, birthdays pass and David resolutely refuses to die. In this, his final film, although it may not be, the great Australian actor David Gulpilil shows what a survivor he is, and how he came to be the living legend we know him to be. Watch Trailer
Australia 2021, 101 min, Dir: Molly Reynolds
English, and Mandhalpingu with subtitles
Presented in partnership with, and screening as a part of, the Edmonton International Film Festival.
Metro Cinema Passes accepted. EIFF Festival Passes accepted.