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Gulpilil

By: Derek Rielly
Narrated by: Trevor Jamieson
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WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that content in this audiobook, contains images and the name of a person who has died. For cultural reasons, he is referred to as David Dalaithngu.

It's been almost fifty years since a teenage David Dalaithngu illuminated screens worldwide with his breakout role in Walkabout. It was one of the first times we'd seen an Aboriginal person cast in a significant role and only four years after Holt's referendum to alter the constitution and give Indigenous people citizenship and, subsequently, the right to vote.

Dalaithngu quickly became the face of the Indigenous world to white Australian audiences. Charisma. Good looks. A competent, strong, mysterious man starring in films ranging from Crocodile Dundee to Rabbit-Proof Fence.

But what marked Dalaithngu, despite his fame and popularity, was the feeling that he was forever stuck between two worlds: a Yolngu man, a hunter, a tracker, who grew up in the bush in Arnhem Land outside any white influence; and a movie star flitting from movie sets to festivals.

Able to exist in both worlds, but never truly home.

From the author of the bestselling Wednesdays with Bob, Derek Rielly builds a narrative around his attempt to encapsulate the most beguiling and unconventional of Australian entertainers, observing Dalaithngu's own attempt to find a place in the world. With interviews from notable icons and friends - such as Jack Thompson, Paul Hogan, Phillip Noyce, Craig Ruddy, George Gittoes, Gary Sweet and Damon Gameau - this book unriddles a famous enigma at last.

LONGLISTED FOR THE ABIA BIOGRAPHY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

©2019 Derek Rielly (P)2019 Macmillan Australia Audio

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'David is a gateway to a history that we've so far denied and not embraced. In this country, he's more important than Ned Kelly.' Jack Thompson

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Mixing entertaining stories with a heartbreaking narrative this first hand account details encounters with the larger than life David Gulpili and the many people who have loved him, worked with him and been enthralled by him. Through individual focus this book offers a reflection on a much larger picture, one that allows the reader to understand the causes and symptoms of Australia's current social disharmony and the challenges faced by living in two distinctly different worlds.

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Brilliant work on an amazing artist

Loved it, and learnt so much more on the struggles of our First Nation people. Gulpilil just lights up the screen.

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