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The Tracker

(2004)
Not Yet Rated In Theaters 01/16/2004 , 98min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Adelaide Festival of the Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Adelaide Festival of the Arts Film Presented Nominated

Australian Film Institute Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actor David Gulpilil Won
2002 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Picture Won

Film Critics Circle of Australia

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Score Graham Tardif Won
2002 Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Picture Won

Paris Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Paris Film Festival Press Award Won

Screen Music Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Screen Music Awards Best Score Graham Tardif Won

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