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At the beginning of Charlie’s Country, the camera zeroes in on an official sign planted in a remote bush setting. It designates the territory a “Liquor Restricted Area”. This is a reference to the regulations introduced by the Howard Government under the Intervention Act (2007) to control the high consumption of alcohol in Arnhem Land.
Throughout the film, Charlie rails against the “white fella’s” rules that strip away his autonomy. He feels like a caged man longing for his traditional lifestyle.
This 34-page Resource Package consists of an analysis of themes in Charlie’s Country; the analysis helps students use film techniques in their essays; 8 essay plans for the book pairs: Charlie’s Country and Tracks by Robyn Davidson; a 4-page summary of tips on using film terminology and an outline of book pair essay structure.