David Gulpilil, the legendary Australian actor from ‘My Captain Friend’, dies

  • He had also participated in ‘Mad Morgan’, the iconic ‘Walkabout’ and ‘The last wave’

Australian Aboriginal actor, David Gulpilil, died this Monday at the age of 67 due to a lung cancer that he was diagnosed in 2017. That same year he released the last film in which he has participated and which, precisely, is a documentary about his life, ‘My name is gulpilil‘.

The news has been confirmed via Twitter by Steven Marshall, Prime Minister of South Australia, who has lamented the loss of a “Iconic artist, one of a kind, who shaped the history of Australian cinema and Aboriginal on-screen representation”.

Director Nicolas Roeg gave him the first professional opportunity in the film world with ‘Walkabout‘, which gave him great recognition worldwide.

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Later, he also participated in other films such as’Mad Morgan‘, ‘My captain friend‘ and ‘The last wave‘. The documentary ‘Ten canoes‘, the first to be shot in the Australian Aboriginal language. Gulpilil was the scriptwriter and the project was awarded at the Cannes Film Festival in the section ‘A certain look’.


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