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The contrast between modern, urban civilization and life in the natural world lies at the heart of Nicolas Roeg's visually dazzling drama WALKABOUT. The plot might resemble a standard fish-out-of-water tale: two city children become stranded in the Australian outback, and struggle to find their way back to civilization with the help of a friendly aborigine boy. But Roeg and screenwriter Edward Bond are concerned with far more than the average wilderness drama, as a shocking act of violence near the story's beginning makes clear. This is particularly true in regards to the relationship between the white children and the aborigine boy, who ultimately develops a troubled romantic attraction towards the older sister.

Obviously intended as a statement on the exploitation of the natural world and native cultures by European civilization, the film nevertheless maintains an evocative vagueness that usually – but not always – favors poetry over didacticism. Most importantly, the film's justifiably acclaimed cinematography is likely to sway even those who find fault with the film's narrative and message. The shift between the sterile city images and the truly stunning, beautifully composed Australian landscapes provide the film's single best argument, making the film a vivid and convincing experience.

Synopsis written by: Judd Blaise, Rovi


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Cast & Crew

Director Nicolas Roeg
Screenwriter Edward Bond
Producer Si Litvinoff
Executive Producer Max L. Raab
Cast Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil, John Meillon, Robert McDarra, Peter Carver, John Illingsworth, Hilary Bamberger, Barry Donelly, Noeline Brown, Carlo Manchini
Cinematographer Nicolas Roeg
Production Designer Brian Eatwell
Editor Anthony Gibbs, Alan Pattillo
Associate Producer Anothony J. Hope
Music Composer John Barry
Art Designer Terry Gough
Sound Barry Brown, Gerry Humphreys, Kevin Kearney

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