Ten Canoes

2005 | Feature Fiction | 90mins

Director: Rolf de Heer
Co- director: Peter Djiggirr
Producer: Julie Ryan
Co-Investors: SA Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival

Shot on the extraordinary Arafura Swamp in north- eastern Arnhem Land, Ten Canoes is the first Australian feature film to be made in Indigenous language. Ten Canoes is set in the distant past, tribal times. Dayindi covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper way, he is told a story from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, bungling, mayhem and revenge gone wrong.

Awards
Awarded Special Jury Prize by the Un Certain Regard Jury, Cannes 2006

Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound – AFI Awards 2006

Best Film, Best Editing (Tania Nehme) & shared award for Best Cinematography (Ian Jones) with Jindabyne (David Williamson) – Film Critics Circle of Australia

Winner grand prize: Cinema des Antipodes, France, October 2006

Winner grand prize: Flanders International Film Festival 2006

Nominated as Australia’s entry to 2006 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film

Nominated Best Feature, Director, Actor, Cinematography, Script, Sound for IF Awards 2006

Nominated Best Film, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Production Design, AFI Awards 2006

2006 Film of the Year – Australian Catholic Film Office

Selected as Opening Night film, 2006 Sydney Film Festival

Winner Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for best screenplay

Winner NSW Premier $15,000 Audio Visual History Prize 2006

Nominated Film Critics Circle Awards 2006 for Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Editing

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