A comprehensive study of the work of filmmaker Rolf de Heer, Australia’s acknowledged auteur, co-published by Currency Press and Currency House. Famed for never repeating himself, de Heer first gained national attention in 1993 with Bad Boy Bubby, then Dancing to My Song and Alexandra’s Project. Today he is most widely characterised by his ‘accidental trilogy’ in partnership with the actor David Gulpilil—The Tracker, Ten Canoes and the recently acclaimed Charlie’s Country.
In sixteen chapters film critic Jane Freebury searches for the sources of de Heer’s inspiration and finds the secret of his success in an ethic of hard work, flexibility and self-reliance that meets challenges with ingenuity and keeps a steady focus on his vision. His films are recognised by their wry humour, pleasure in the reversal of fortune and the unique landscape of Australia and its inhabitants. His remarkable career as an independent filmmaker has much to teach young producers and directors. Each chapter discusses a single film: its conception and making, actors and creative team, reception and consequences.