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The Screen Guide

Frances Djulibing is a 45-year-old mother of three who comes from the remote community of Ramingining in north-east Arnhem Land. Like many young girls, Frances dreamed of being a movie star, a dream that came true when Rolf de Heer cast her in the lead female role of Nowalingu in 'Ten Canoes'. Her journey from traditional tribal life to red carpets and awards ceremonies is unlike any other. It is a fascinating and unique story as Frances learns to overcome huge personal and cultural challenges. RIVER OF NO RETURN is a story of change and transformation as Frances learns to move between the ancient life of the Yolgnu and modern world of the Balanda (white culture).

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Darlene Johnson
Darlene Johnson
Pat Fiske
Frances Djulibing
Production Completion
History and national identity, Social contemporary
Production Company
Bower Bird Films Pty. Limited
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Bower Bird Films Pty. Limited

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival