Walking With Gulpilil
In a career spanning five decades, Yolŋu dancer and actor David Gulpilil carved out a unique place in Australian cinema and culture. His recent death, at the age of 68, brought to an end a miraculous but tumultuous career, and a life dedicated to taking his culture to the world.
As part of Chichester International Film Festival’s retrospective, this illustrated talk from Australian cinema expert Dr Stephen Morgan will trace Gulpilil’s legacy through 50 years of Australian cinema, from the reinvigoration of feature filmmaking in the 1970s, to the flourishing of Indigenous work in recent years. Featuring rare images, rarely seen footage and clips from key films from across Gulpilil’s career, this event will celebrate the life and work of one of Australia’s finest actors.
Dr Stephen Morgan is an academic and film historian whose research focuses on the cinemas of Britain and its former settler colonies, with a particular focus on Australian cinema. His book, Ealing Abroad: Post-War British Cinema, Settler Colonialism and Ealing Studios in Australia, will be published by BFI/Bloomsbury in 2023.
NB. Following this talk, we are screening separately the wonderful new documentary ‘My Name Is Gulpilil’ in the auditorium at 16:30.