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Five David Gulpili Films You Should See

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A long time ago on the Internet, there was an awesome website called Fametracker that, along with many other features, would helpfully identify people in movies that you would see over and over again in films, but couldn’t quite remember their name. Obviously, the column was called “Hey, It’s That Guy!” The stars of the column were character actors or frequent bit players or folks who had made a career in supporting roles. For example, David Gulpili, Hollywood’s go-to aborigine, who is a “Hey, It’s That Guy!” for the independent film set. Also, for the “Crocodile Dundee” aficionado. You see, almost every time a film was made in Australia (“Crocodile Dundee” included), Gulpili was cast as the aborigine …and for good reason, the guy can really act. He also has a knack for selecting incredible films to showcase his acting skills. One of his best films “Walkabout” is airing today at 1:30 p.m. ET, but there are many other films on his resume that you should check out. Maybe the next time someone says, “Hey, it’s that guy!” you’ll be able to tell them “That’s David Gulpili and he’s incredible.”

Five David Gulpili films to see:

1. “Walkabout,” Dir. Nicolas Roeg: Two city children become stranded in the Australian outback, and struggle to find their way back to civilization with the help of a friendly aborigine boy (Gulpili). It airs on IFC today at 1:30 p.m. ET.

2. “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” Dir. Philip Noyce: When three Aborigine children are taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution, they make a daring escape to return to Western Australia on foot. Gulpili plays Moodoo, a veteran tracker brought in to help find them.

3. “The Last Wave,” Dir. Peter Weir: In Weir’s follow up to “The Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Gulpili and four accomplices are accused of murdering a fellow aborigine. When he appears in his court-appointed lawyer’s (Richard Chamberlain) dream things get stranger.

4. “Mad Dog Morgan,” Dir. Philippe Mora: Gulpili plays Dennis Hopper’s partner-in-crime as they terrorize the province of New South Wales with no lack of violence.

5. “The Right Stuff,” Dir. Philip Kaufman: The film follows the original US Mercury 7 astronauts on their mission to conquer space. While Gulpili’s part is bit, the role is well within his wheelhouse in that he plays an aborigine. Also, it’s a really good movie and if you haven’t seen it you should.

Wednesday, May. 4 at 1:30 p.m. ET; Friday, May. 20 at 6:00 a.m. ET and at 1:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, May. 28 at 1:45 p.m. ET

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