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WALKABOUT

SYNOPSIS:
A young boy and her older sister are left stranded in the deserted outback after the suicide of their father. As they try to return to so called civilisation, they encounter a young Aboriginal on traditional, ritual ‘walkabout’. They all try to jump the cultural divide, but all they manage is a superficial exchange – yet their lives are forever changed.

"Famed for its visual prowess, Walkabout is Roeg’s favourite film, partly because it was made in tough physical conditions (which no doubt helped add to the spirituality of the endeavour), and partly because of the absence of "the technical paraphenalia," making it "so less full of any sophistry in the process of making it." Roeg fills the screen with images that are worth many thousands of words, and many of them are filled with WHY? Why does the man (Meillon) in a beaten up VW drive across the desert in a suit with a briefcase? Why does he suicide? Why are his children with him? Then there are deeper questions: why is western civilisationnso primitive? Why is it so destructive and without feeling? Perhaps the biggest why is near the tragic end, when the young Aborigine (Gulpilil) tries desperately to communicate a profound sorrow without success to the two young white children. The collision of nature and westernised lifestyle provides Roeg’s jumping off point, editorially and visually, with some striking juxtapositioning with jump cuts, or close ups and montages. The film ‘accumulates’ as a series of pictorial sequences, many without words, which are destined to stay with the viewer for a long time. It is engrossing and intrigiung cinema for the lover of the artform."
Andrew L. Urban

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TRAILER

WALKABOUT (M)
UK/US 1971 Re-release

CAST: Jenny Agguter, Luc Roeg (aka Lucien John), David Gulpilil, John Meillon,

DIRECTOR: Nicolas Roeg

PRODUCER: Si Litvinoff

SCRIPT:Edward Bond (based on novel by James Vance Marshall)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Nicolas Roeg

EDITOR: Antony Gibbs, Alan Patillo

MUSIC: John Barry

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Brian Eatwell

RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Potential Films/AFI

SYDNEY RELEASE: April 9, 1998;
MELB: April 98







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