Walkabout 12A

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This film was last shown on 8 August 2019

Nicolas Roeg’s first solo credit as a director is a stunning, one-of-a-kind survival film that is equal parts hypnotic and harrowing.

Two white children are stranded in the harsh environment of the Australian outback. Lost in the wilderness, their only chance of survival is with the help of a young Indigenous man that they meet, who is performing a ritual solo wandering to mark his entrance into manhood. The development of the characters and their relationships, and the contrast of the modern and the natural, is expertly woven through Roeg’s mesmerising cinematography and unorthodox approach to editing.


Nicolas Roeg
Australia, UK
1 hour 41 minutes
David Gulpilil , Jenny Agutter , Luc Roeg


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