Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
United Kingdom, 1971. Max L. Raab Productions, Si Litvinoff Film Production. Screenplay by Edward Bond, based on the novel by James Vance Marshall. Cinematography by Nicolas Roeg. Produced by Si Litvinoff. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Brian Eatwell. Film Editing by Antony Gibbs, Alan Pattillo. Cannes Film Festival 1971. Podcast: My Criterions.
Stunning early film by visual genius Nicolas Roeg. It stars Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg as two children whose seemingly normal father drives them into the middle of the Australian desert and kills himself after failing in his attempt to kill them first. Now stranded on their own in a very harsh wilderness, the children wander the landscape until coming upon a young aboriginal boy who is on his walkabout, a ritual his tribesmen go on as a rite of passage into manhood. The boy takes them under his wing and protects them as they navigate the continent’s outback in the hopes of eventually returning to civilization. Less talk and more visuals, this unforgettable film is beautifully photographed and endlessly fascinating.