David Dalaithngu Recalls: “I was so proud to see an Aboriginal in a movie that I wanted to be like this” | Bega District News

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Wallaga Lake actor and filmmaker Warren Ngarrae Foster was just a young boy when he first saw actor David Dalaithngu in his 1976 film Storm Boy. Mr. Foster, the man from Djiringanj from the Yuin Nation, said it was a distinct moment to see an Indigenous person portrayed like this. “When Storm Boy first came out, I was so proud to see an Indigenous person in a movie that I wanted to be like that, represent my culture on the big screen or on TV,” he said. David Dalaithngu died Monday, November 30, at his home in Murray Bridge, South Australia, at the age of 68, after a long battle with lung cancer. Mr Foster said Dalaithngu has had a huge impact on his own career, including bringing cultural dance to Yuin youth, making films in and out of the country, and acting in a number of films. READ ALSO: The spiritual sites in the far south of the coast officially have two names. Watching Dalaithngu’s films has been a big part of Mr. Foster’s growth, which has been inspired by his work both on and off screen. “He made a movie with my uncle Burnum Burnum who was an actor and I was so proud because they both had a big influence on me,” he said. In 1992, Mr. Foster began his own acting career when he began studying improvisation and theater at Swinburne University of Technology. READ ALSO: Warren Ngarrae Foster Uses Dance, Music and History to Ignite Young People’s Cultural Bonds. In the mid-90s, Mr. Foster and his nephew formed a dance group called the Gulaga Dancers and more recently he was asked to direct a movie called Yuwinj Dhari Bulwal ~ Yuin Country Explored. READ ALSO: Meet the environmentalists surveying the Brogo reserve to follow the pockets of wildlife refuges after the fires. Mr Foster said Australia will remember Dalaithngu as a “pioneer of indigenous actors” and his legacy will continue to live on and inspire others. “He changed Australia’s perception of the indigenous peoples of this country a lot and was the first indigenous actor to bring our culture to the big screen. He is a legend and will always be remembered as the best,” Mr Foster said.



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