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Three Horsemen

Synopsis

Three Horsemen is one of several films that the MacDougalls made in and around Aurukun in the far north of Queensland. It is a deeply moving portrait of 3 generations of Aboriginal stockmen at Ti-Tree station, 80km south of Aurukun, a former cattle out-station of Aurukun Mission and now a settlement for people who regard Ti-Tree as their home.

Bob Massey Pootchemunka, about 75 years old, has lived and worked all his life on cattle stations. He has a strong vision of Ti-Tree becoming a sustainable cattle station and feels a strong responsibility to teach “the proper way” to run the place, whether it be looking after leather-gear, mending fences or clearing scrub.

Eric Pootchemunka, aged 46, is Bob’s nephew. He shares Bob’s vision and works hard to teach younger people to be good horsemen and to develop a sense of Ti-Tree as their own place.

Ian Pootchemunka, aged 13, is Eric’s son. He keenly feels a responsibility to learn as much as he can, as fast as he can, and is aware that he embodies the hopes that Bob and Eric have for Ti-Tree’s future.

Details

Release dates
1982 - Australia
Video/DVD release date
December 2012
Rating
G - general
Distributor
Ronin Films

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Korff, J 2018, Three Horsemen, <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/movies/three-horsemen>, retrieved 18 January 2020

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