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Walkabout

Great Britain 1971. Dir: Nicolas Roeg. 100 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT! Cinematographer Nicolas Roeg’s first solo effort as director (he had previously co-directed, with Donald Cammell, 1970’s Performance) is a ravishingly-filmed work set in the remote Australian outback. Stranded in the wilds after a horrific occurrence, two English children, a 14-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother, cross paths with an Aboriginal adolescent who is on a ritual “walkabout,” an initiation into manhood. The latter is played by noted Yolngu actor David Gulpilil, here in his breakthrough screen role. This mysterious, mystical coming-of-age tale displays the visual dazzle and narrative daring we have come to associate with Roeg’s sensuous cinema. “One of the most original and provocative films of the 1970s ... Arguably Roeg’s finest achievement ... Walkabout is set in terrain stranger and more awe-inspiring than that of any science fiction film” (James Monaco, The Movie Guide).


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REVIEWS

★★★★★ "An atmospheric adventure that still feels feverish and intimate — a radical film of an innovative decade."

Time Out | full review

“No one who saw Walkabout has ever forgotten it . . . [It’s] one of the great films.”

Roger Ebert | full review