Sunday, 4 April 2010


Fascinating interview with filmmaker Peter Weir on the subject of his overlooked 1977 picture The Last Wave. The film stars Richard Chamberlain as a lawyer called upon to represent a group of indigenous Australian men accused of murder. As he delves deeper into the case, Chamberlain's character finds himself beset by disturbing apocalyptic visions which cast doubt on the meaning of his existence. The film also stars the charismatic David Gulpilil of Walkabout fame, and comes highly recommended to fans of Weir's earlier film, the eerily beautiful Picnic At Hanging Rock.

Like Nicolas Roeg, Peter Weir is a prominent figure in the pantheon of The Outer Church. Two other films of his that have provided considerable inspiration are 1993's Fearless and 1998's The Truman Show.

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