Remembering David Dalaithngu: A look back at some of his most iconic performances – video

David Dalaithngu, actor, dancer and Australian cultural icon, is credited with helping reinvent Australian film.

His role in Walkabout (1971) contributed to the end of blackface being used in Australian cinema.

Dalaithngu had a string of successful roles in the 1970s and 80s including in Storm Boy (1976) and Crocodile Dundee (1986).

His longest creative collaboration was with director Rolf de Heer, with whom he worked for more than 15 years.

Together they crafted The Tracker (2002) for which Dalaithngu won an Aactar award, Ten Canoes (2006) and Charlie’s Country (2014) for which Dalaithngu won best actor in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.Walkabout (1971) Max L.

Raab Productions & Si Litvinoff Film Production.

Storm Boy (1976) Ambience Entertainment production.

Crocodile Dundee (1986) Paramount Pictures Studios.

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) Rumbalara Films, Olsen Levy & Showtime Australia.

Charlie’s Country (2014) Adelaide Film Festival & Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal.

My Name is Gulpilil (2021) Vertigo Productions

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