Friday, September 15, 2023

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Walkabout (1971)

White Boy: That's the trouble with all these series. You always know the superhero is going to get away with it. That's the trouble with Batman and in The Saint. You always know he's going to win all the fights in the end. That's the trouble with all these series. Even Bugs Bunny wins all the time! If we were superheroes, we would definitely win.
The Girl: Yes.
White Boy: Are we superheroes?
The Girl: I don't know. I hope so.
White Boy: So do I.

When I sat down this week to watch Criterion's brand new 4K edition of Nicolas Roeg's classic 1971 film Walkabout -- buy it right here -- I had no idea what it was about, never having seen it before and somehow having avoided learning the plot through cinematic osmosis in all my many, many years. It was all new to me! But knowing Roeg's films generally I should've been prepared for elliptical gorgeousness and that's just what I got. No wonder this is usually considered one of the greatest Australian movies ever made. Roeg never misses. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's exquisitely filmed and very original. There are some great clips available of Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg's memories of filming. For fans of Toni Colette one would never know but in the opening scenes where Agutter's character skips along the path by a white picket fence; directly opposite across the road, but out of shot, is Darling Point's St. Mark's Church where Colette's character Muriel gets married in 'Muriel's Wedding'. Elton John married Renate Blauel there in 1984. For those wanting to visit the church it's on the corner of Greenoaks Ave and Darling Point Road, in Sydney. Agutter was skipping north along Darling Point Road directly above Loftus Reserve.