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The Tracker

This is a film that beneath the surface deals with an analogy for man's relationship with the world around him.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2003 16:19 IST

Director: Rolf de Heer
Cast: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau, Grant Page

On the surface The Tracker is a film that deals with European settlers abuse of the native peoples, but beneath the powerful surface it is an analogy for mans relationship with the world around him.

The four characters remain nameless through the entire film. They are simply the Fanatic, the Follower, the Veteran and the Tracker. Each of the white characters represent an aspect or an age of man.

Added to these characters is the almost mystical character of the tracker. Educated and Wise beyond expectation, David Gulpilil brings this complex and difficult character to life. It is hard to imagine anyone else capable of playing him. From his debut in 1971s Walkabout, and with only 13 films, Gulpilil has established himself as an Australian icon.

The white fellers are the three ages of man - an inexperienced youth, a world-weary old man and most dangerous of all, a hearty man set in his beliefs of white supremacy. These are not real people, the venom with which the Fanatic hates natives is only made realistic by the excellent performance of Gary Sweet. That is not to say that these sort of people did not, and do not still exist, just that with such a small cast a character so extreme may upset the balance.

Screenplay: Dalibor Matanic, Mate Matisic
Cinematographer: Branko Linta
Editor: Tomislav Pavlic
Music: Jura Ferina

Special Mention, Signis Award from World Catholic Association for Communication
Tudawali Award 2002 for Best Actor
Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Scriptwriting 2002

First Published: Oct 10, 2003 19:45 IST