WalkaboutAustralia | 1971 | 100 min. | Not Rated |
Wednesday March 27, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center
A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to cope in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg. Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his “walkabout,” a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. Walkabout is a thrilling adventure as well as a provocative rumination on time and civilization.
"Is it a parable about noble savages and the crushed spirits of city dwellers? That's what the film's surface seems to suggest, but I think it's also about something deeper and more elusive: The mystery of communication."
--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Roeg intercuts images of modern life with the lushness of nature -- offering a stunning fable about the importance of respecting the earth."
--Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"An innocent family picnic turns existential in Nicolas Roeg's brilliant Walkabout."
--Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Nominated for the Palm d'Or at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival