"We had lunch and then in three minutes he said, `Oh, fuck it, will you do it, and I said, `Oh fuck it, if you're going to direct it, let's go.'"-Rod Taylor on how he accepted the part of Daddy-O in Welcome to Woop Woop at lunch with Steph Elliott
Aaron Stevenson's third feature, The Rare Earth, made in Bendigo, Victoria, will have its World Premiere at the star Cinema in Eaglehawk on Friday June 26, 2015, at 7.30pm. It will simultaneously be released worldwide on most platforms including Amazon, VHX and Vimeo on Demand.
The Rare Earth, "blends a dystopian future with a bold account of the human evolution of Australian history to create a thought provoking experience on screen," according to the filmmakers.
The film, says Andrew L. Urban, "is as surrealistic as any David Lynch movie, and as slippery to grasp. I don't pretend to fully understand it, but one thing is pretty clear: Stevenson is a cinematic visionary who instinctively recognises that cinema is primarily and profoundly about images, images with music. Indeed, the film has little dialogue, and it is at its best when there isn't any.
"A fusion of science fiction, mysticism and post apocalyptic fantasy, The Rare Earth is framed as a documentary, but long stretches are straight drama. Some of those stretches remind us of The Road, others of road movies, and most of Lynch. Stevenson prefers the drama of close ups where he can turn the ordinary into something with exceptional meaning, and long shots, where he can create dramatic visual signatures, such as black figures moving across vast sand dunes against a blue sky. There are very few mid shots."
It was shot around Bendigo, Melbourne, Heathcote, Gippsland and Lake Mungo. According to the Star Cinema, "Martin Kennedy (All India Radio) produced a unique, brooding soundtrack that adds further depth to the film." And that is true, the score, as the cinamatography, are exceptional.
The Rare Earth could be seen as the second chapter of a series which started with his debut feature, The Samsara Chronicles 2018 - 2049 - indeed, the time periods of the two films overlap.
(Stevenson's second feature was the documentary Welcome to Wherever You Are, celebrating the Mad Max mythology.)