8.35PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE ★★★★
This stark, aff ecting drama is a passion project for longtime collaborators David Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer. During a troubled personal period for Gulpilil, acclaimed director de Heer ( The Tracker, Ten Canoes) persuaded the charismatic actor to channel his creative energies into a story worthy of fi lming. Gulpilil’s intense and intriguing response is a partially autobiographical yarn about an indigenous man facing a personal crisis relatively late in life. There is no point trying to fi nd the point where the real Gulpilil ends, and the character of Charlie begins. The actor keeps shifting it as he pleases, often astonishingly so ( a feat which landed Gulpilil a landmark Best Actor win at the Cannes Film Festival).