Ten Canoes

Ten Canoes


One hundred and fifty spears, ten canoes, three wives... trouble.

A fusion of Yolngu and Western mythologies, set in Australia's Northern Territory 120 years ago, Ten Canoes tells a Yolngu tale before the first white contact.

  • Winner Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2006. Winner of 6 Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Film.

  • Directed by Peter Djigirr (feature debut), Rolf de Heer

    Written by Rolf de Heer

    • Adventure, Comedy, Drama
    • 90mins
    • Rating: M Moderate violence, Naturalistic nudity
    • Australia

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  • Both ethnographic document and high-spirited flight of whimsy: a curious mixture of entertainment and anthropology. Full Review

  • BBC

    Although it sounds like the Aboriginal answer to a Harrison Ford kidnap thriller, this is actually a richly textured parable. Full Review

  • Once you become accustomed to the mystical vocabulary describing a world without modern science and technology, it amounts to using different terms to describe universal experience. Full Review

  • De Heer's indigenous action-comedy relies on its own puckishness a few times too many, but its tribute to the power of a well-spun yarn couldn't be more effective. Full Review

  • A rare and valuable movie, providing fascinating insight into another culture without pandering or being stuffy. Seek it out -- swim if you have to. Full Review

  • The first feature in an Australian Aboriginal language feels authentic to the core as it tells a cautionary tale set 1,000 years ago. Full Review

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