World cinema is mourning the loss of a true star, as iconic Australian actor David Gulpilil, has died aged 68.
Gulpilil was an indiginous actor from Australia whose presence and ability lead to him being one of the countries greatest artists…
Sadly his days on screen have come to an end after it was announced that he has died.
Tributes commemorating his incredible life have poured in from fans all over the globe…
Even Australian Actor Hugh Jackman shared an emotional tribute to his co-star…
“I join all Australians, and the world over, in mourning the loss of David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu. One of the great privileges of my life was to work with David on the movie Australia. His contribution to film is immeasurable. From his cheeky laugh, to that mischievous glint in his eye and effortless ease in front of the camera … His humanity is irreplaceable,” the actor wrote.
Gulpilil was born and raised as part of the Mandhalpingu clan of the Yolŋu people in the northern teritory of Australia called Arnhem land. Later on in life he resided in Adelaide, South Australia.
The South Australian premier, Steven Marshall gave a statement about Gulpilil’s amazing life on Monday night after announcing the sad news.
He was “An actor, dancer, singer and painter, he was also one of the greatest artists Australia has ever seen,” the premier said.
“It is with deep sadness that I share with the people of South Australia the passing of an iconic, once-in-a-generation artist who shaped the history of Australian film and Aboriginal representation on-screen – David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu.”
Gulpilil was thrust into the spotlight after appearing in the hit movie Walkabout back in 1971, followed by another major performance in 1976’s Storm Boy.
However, the fame of becoming the face of Australian cinema didn’t come without its struggles, “He encountered racism and discrimination and lived with the pressures of the divide between his traditional lifestyle and his public profile,” the premier said.
Despite this, he carried on in his quest, which he previously stated in an interview: “I want to do something not only for me, but I’m doing it for Australia and for my people and for our culture … I’m doing it for Black and white to know better that we have culture and history still existent, and I’ll keep trying.”
Thankfully, Gulpilil got to experience one last standing ovation for his final film, a documentary about his own life, titled: My Name Is Gulpilil, which came out this year.
Back in 2017, Gulpilil was diagnosed with lung cancer and was given just 6 months to live. The premier stated he wasn’t expected to make it through to the end of filming, “yet it was no surprise to anyone that he was front and center on opening night, where he would receive his final standing ovation.”
Despite all the odds stacked against him, he went on to live 4 more years, and we’re thankful for every moment he dedicated to his craft.
Rest in peace.