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Biography #2 (for Rabbit-Proof Fence)

David Gulpilil was born in 1953, in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. He grew up in a tribal lifestyle in an area north east of the world famous Kakadu National Park where his ancestors have lived for thousands of years.

In 1969 the British director Nicholas Roeg chose David for the lead role in his feature film WALKABOUT, which was filmed on location in Northern Australia.

Gulpilil is one of Australia's most accomplished exponents of traditional Aboriginal dance and of the native wind instrument, the didgeridoo.

Gulpilil has toured his dance troupe Australia-wide and internationally, and has performed with his troupe in the United States, Great Britain and France. Gulpilil and a group of native dancers also performed at the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo 1985 in Osaka, Japan and in Tokyo.

Gulpilil's career as an actor since WALKABOUT has been extensive. Feature films he has acted in include MAD DOG MORGAN, THE LAST WAVE, STORM BOY, THE RIGHT STUFF, DARK AGE, DEAD HEART and UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD, directed by Win Wenders.

Gulpilil starred alongside Paul Hogan in CROCODILE DUNDEE, and choreographed Aboriginal dance sequences for the film. David has also acted in numerous Australian television series. His recent films include SERENADES produced by Sandra Levy and TRACKER slated for a March 2002 release.

In 1987 David was awarded the Australia Medal, one of the highest awards to Australian citizens, for his services to the Arts.

David divides his time between the traditional Aboriginal lifestyle of North Eastern Arnhem Land and the pursuit of his career as an actor and performer throughout the world.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Rabbit-Proof Fence" (19-Feb-2003)