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Yolngu elder David Gulpilil awarded the 2019 National NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award

David Gulpilil single-handedly changed the way Indigenous Australians were represented on the big screen. Source: NITV News

The 66-year-old actor could not attend the awards ceremony because of an illness which he revealed was cancer.

One of Australia’s best-known Aboriginal actors has been named the winner of the 2019 National NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Silver screen icon David Gulpilil was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 NAIDOC awards.

Since his debut in the 1971 film Walkabout, David Gulpilil went on to star in a series of classic Australian films including his "favourite" Storm Boy (1976), Crocodile Dundee (1986) and Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002).

The 66-year-old actor could not attend the awards ceremony because of an illness which he revealed was cancer.

"Thank you very much for watching me," he said in a video address.

"Never forget me. While I am here, I will never forget you. I will still remember you, even though I am gone forever, I will still remember."

Read more at NITV News.

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