Actor David Gulpilil has been honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the 2019 NAIDOC Awards.
The honour recognises his body of work including credits such as Walkabout, The Last Wave, Crocodile Dundee, Rabbit Proof Fence, Young Ramsay, Boney, Rush and The Timeless Land.
But the 66 year old Yolngu elder did not appear at the event held in Canberra on Saturday with daughter Phoebe Marson saying, “Our father David Gulpilil is retiring.
“He’s sick. He has lung cancer and one day soon he will go to the Dreamtime.”
In a pre-recorded interview Gulpilil said, “Thank you very much for watching me.
“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.”