Spotlight on Rolf de Heer


Take a walk on the wild side at the special screening of a newly-remastered version of Bad Boy Bubby, presented by The Music, as it celebrates its 21st anniversary. A highlight of the festival program, this special screening at 9:00pm on Wednesday 25 November will be introduced by the inimitable Rolf de Heer.

Rolf de Heer is an award-winning Australian director, producer and writer responsible for contemporary masterworks including cult classic Bad Boy Bubby, The Tracker, Ten Canoes and Charlie’s Country. He and his director wife Molly Reynolds are nominated in the 2015 APSA for Best Documentary for Another Country, which will see its Queensland premiere at BAPFF.

Another Country is narrated by acclaimed Indigenous actor David Gulpilil who has starred in several de Heer films including Charlie’s Country for which he was awarded a special mention at APSA in 2014.

Another Country
75 mins | G

Queensland Premiere         

“Gulpilil’s commentary is… the heart and soul of this rich, deeply thoughtful and humane documentary” – The Guardian

The nearest town is a few hours’ drive, if the roads are open – but it may as well be centuries away. This is Ramingining, in Arnhem Land, a town ravaged by the myriad problems created when governments and cashed-up business barons forcibly try to drape their culture over another.

Acclaimed Indigenous actor David Gulpilil, who received a Special Mention at the 8th APSA for his performance in Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country, co-wrote and narrates this eye-opening and affecting journey into his troubled home community. Directed and produced by Molly Reynolds, Another Country is a companion piece to her poetic and touching documentary Still Our Country and de Heer’s award-winning Charlie’s Country.



Bad Boy Bubby
114 mins | R18+

Presented by The Music               

A jet-black comedy crafted with an insane audacity, Australian writer/director Rolf de Heer’s breakthrough film is a genuine cult classic still whispered about more than two decades after it first delighted and disgusted cinemagoers.

An abused slave to his monstrous mother, Bubby (Nicholas Hope) finally escapes his lifelong imprisonment in her disgusting basement by his mid-30s – and plunges into the arms of a savage city, wreaking havoc on an extreme adventure of self-discovery. Everything is new, unknown and weird – trees, pizzas, music, and especially people – and Bubby’s sensory overload is ingeniously replicated by 32 different cinematographers and a binaural sound rig taped to the actor’s skull.

Born in the Netherlands, APSA Academy Member Rolf de Heer came to Australia with his family at the age of eight. A graduate of Sydney’s Australian Film Television and Radio School, he is the boundary-pushing mastermind of challenging cinema, helming everything from offbeat musical comedy, sci-fi thriller and black-and-white silent movies to heartfelt stories of Aboriginal Australia and a disturbing urban legend of a murderous man-child.