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Experimental director Rolf DeHeer's film The Tracker depicts a controversial moment in the Australian justice system, in doing so taking on a popular topic among Australian filmmakers--the complicated and too often racist relationship between Aboriginals and locals. When an Aboriginal tracker (David Gulpilil) leads the manhunt for a fugitive native, a series of atrocities are performed on the ancient tribe by a sadistic policeman participating in the search party. The line between savage and civilian is blurred beyond recognition when Fanatic (Gary Sweet), the policeman, massacres a large group of peaceful Aboriginals. It eventually becomes clear that the tracker, who purposely keeps the Aboriginal a half-day ahead of the search party, is in control of the operation and has his own mysterious agenda. DeHeer takes a unique approach in the direction of this film; opting to show graphic paintings by artist Peter Coad during violent moments in lieu of filming bloody scenes among the actors. The drama itself is often contradicted by haunting, plaintive songs with lyrics written by DeHeer himself. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

  • Release date:January 12, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Australian Film Institute Awards David Gulpilil Best Actor 2002 Winner
Film Critics Circle of Australia Graham Tardif Best Score 2002 Winner
Screen Music Awards Graham Tardif Best Score 2002 Winner

Cast

David Gulpilil
as Tracker
Gary Sweet
as Fanatic
Damon Gameau
as Follower
Grant Page
as Veteran
Noel Wilton
as Fugitive

Crew

Rolf de Heer
Director
Rolf de Heer
Producer
Julie Ryan
Producer
Rolf de Heer
Screenwriter
Ian Jones
Cinematographer
Graham Tardif
Songwriter
Graham Tardif
Composer (Music Score)
Rolf de Heer
Songwriter
Rolf de Heer
Composer (Music Score)
Tania Nehme
Editor
Beverley Freeman
Production Designer
Bridget Ikin
Executive Producer
Bryce Menzies
Executive Producer
Domenico Procacci
Executive Producer
Beverley Freeman
Costume Designer
Karen Mahood
First Assistant Director
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