Ten Canoes (2DVD)

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One hundred and fifty spears, ten canoes, three wives... trouble

A parable of forbidden love from Australia's mythical past, narrated by Australian icon David Gulpilil and starring his son Jamie as the covetous youth Dayindi, TEN CANOES is a ground-breaking glimpse into aboriginal life centuries before European settlement. Shot in and around the Arafura Wetlands of Central Arnhem Land, Rolf de Heer and the People of Ramingining have created a pioneering and timeless tale for all people and all cultures. 
"Ahh, you gotta see this story of mine cause it'll make you laugh, even if you're not a blackfella. Might cry a bit too eh? But then you laugh some more...coz this story is a big true story of my people. True thing..." 

"Superb cinematography? a fascinating window to the primal magic, beauty and brutality inherent in the land and the Aboriginal people.? EMPIRE MAGAZINE - 4 STARS

"The movie is a visually lyrical account not only of the everyday traditions and mores of Australia's indigenous peoples, but of their marvellously curious, leisurely attitude to the art of storytelling itself. FUNNY, TOUCHING, DELICIOUSLY IRONIC AND SINCERELY FELT ALL AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S A REAL WINNER for anyone who has the kind of patience frequently recommended as one of life's requisites by various characters in the film."TIME OUT LONDON

"An enchanting fable rich in authenticity and shot through with unexpected humour."HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

M - Moderate violence, Naturalistic nudity
Release Date: 24/01/2007
Languages: Aboriginal (Djinba - Ganalbingu) / English
Subtitles: English
Number of Discs: 2
Runtime: 92.0 mins
Format: DVD
Barcode: 9322225053472
Catalogue Number: MMA2550
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Widescreen (16:9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1; Dolby Digital 2.0
Copyright: © 2006 Fandango Australia

DVD Special Features

  • - Original theatrical trailer
  • - 2 x 5.1 soundtracks
  • - Aerial map of Arnhem Land
  • - Thompson time photo gallery
  • Interviews:
  • - Interview with Rolf de Heer
  • - Interview with Djigirr
  • Short documentaries:
  • - Making A Canoe
  • - Building Huts
  • - Making Spears
  • - Arnhem Weaving
  • - Dolly Dolly
  • - Long Neck Turtle Hunt
  • Slideshow Featurette:
  • - People, Places & 10 Canoes