Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor star in a powerful psychological drama set deep in the stunning Tasmanian wilderness, where the landscape plays a vital role.
While the exceptional cinematography showcases this landscape, the soundtrack does important work in creating the film's palpable sonic atmosphere – characterised by coldness, remoteness and claustrophobia.
The sound effects become prominent in amplitude and density as the film progresses suggesting that the landscape may even be a character, or at least an observer of the action.
Sound and music also help to accentuate the film’s oppositions between hunter and prey, loggers and environmentalists, civilisation and wilderness.
The screening will be introduced by composer Professor Kenneth Lampl, lecturer at ANU and an accomplished film score composer.
'This is a quiet, philosophical thriller with a great sense of desolate landscape, fine, low-key performances and a slightly elusive message about finding yourself in the wilderness' – Kim Newman, Empire
'Dafoe is eminently watchable, and for the most part it's a distinctive, atmospheric movie that cherishes the persistence of mystery' – Steve Rose, The Guardian
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