HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMIE!

In celebration of Tracks / Robyn Davidson / Mia / Aussie film

Here is a theme-related selection of DVDs.

This printout is a copy of a page I put for you on the Web. The Web page has working links.

http://www.info-fx.com/aussie.html (will leave this up for a couple of weeks only)

Notes:

Tracks was picked up by the Weinstein group for US distribution, and that likely means the film will not be released until 2014, especially if Weinstein is positioning the film for the 2014 awards season. Weinstein already has too much on their plate for the 2013 season. So...going to be a long wait til we see Tracks.

Australian actors (quite a remarkable list)

Australian directors

I enjoy using specific films to expand personal knowledge and experience of related films, actors, directors, and literature.

I read Tracks when it first came out. Also recently picked up the picture book by Rick Smolan called From Alice to Ocean, that includes excerpts by Robyn Davidson. This summer also read Desert Places and Traveling Light by Davidson.

Branching out:

Tracks director John Curran (an American who lives in Australia)
--- The Painted Veil (DVD) This film was produced by Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, the stars. Naomi is an Aussie and BFF with Nicole Kidmann. They live down the road from each other.

Tracks cinematographer Mandy Walker
--- Australia (DVD) directed by Aussie Baz Luhrmann, with Aussie actors Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, and aborigine actor David Gulpilil. Luhrmann created Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet (with young Claire Danes and Leo diCaprio). He is married to and has a strong creative partnership with Aussie Catherine Martin.

Nicole Kidman, of course, was in Stoker (DVD), along with Aussie actress Jacki Weaver.

Walkabout (DVD) (dir. Nicolas Roeg, who also directed The Man Who Fell to Earth with David Bowie) is an Aussie classic from 1971 that starred Jenny Agutter and David Gulpilil.

The Last Wave (DVD) another Aussie classic from 1977 was directed by Peter Weir. This one starred Richard Chamberlain and featured (again) David Gulpilil. Be sure to view the Peter Weir interview.

The Stolen Generations issue about the Australian Aborigines backgrounds many Aussie films, including the Vietnam era story The Sapphires (DVD), a 2012 release.

I can send the film Rabbit-Proof Fence, if you are interested. Need to locate it in the collection.

David Gulplil is quite a human being. He was raised in Aborigine culture, free of white influence. He came to international fame from Walkabout. He is also recognized as one of the finest Aborigine traditional dancers. He used his fame and influence to battle for Aborigine rights. He has written books, had a movie produced about his life, battled alcoholism and made a recovery. There is a badly maintained fansite at: http://www.gulpilil.com/

Also of interest and part of my exploration into things Aussie and Aboriginal:

Digeridoo (this guy lives in Bend)

Youthu Yindi (an Aboriginal music group, now disbanded after the death of its lead singer).

Again best wishes on your special day,

Wes and Linda