THE LAST WAVE
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THE LAST WAVE

AUSTRALIAN NEW WAVE CINEMA SERIES
Sat
18
Sat Mar 18 1:00 PM

Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
106 Mins
March
Sat Mar 18

1977 | DCP | AUS | D: Peter Weir 

In Sydney, business lawyer David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) is given the pro bono assignment of defending 5 Aboriginal men accused of murder.  
 
None of Burton's clients are willing to speak about what happened, even in their own defence, and the medical examiner on the case can't figure out how the victim died.  


But Burton has seen one of the men, Chris (David Gulpilil), in a recurring dream. Burton is also troubled by the increasingly terrifying apocalyptic visions he's having, leading him to think Australia may soon be destroyed. 

 
Peter Weir’s films defy simple definitions of reality. But The Last Wave, visually stunning from start to finish, goes further  insisting on the tangible power of spiritual life. 

 

The Last Wave is bold and wonderfully strange. It comes packed with rain-soaked foreboding and a then-progressive, muscular attitude to indigeneity in 1970s Australia’ – Fiction Machine 

 

‘Weir’s magnificent follow-up [to Picnic at Hanging Rock] has an unsettling surreal energy … a masterful exercise in narrative'  The Guardian 

 
This film is held in the NFSA collection. 
 
Presented in collaboration with Umbrella Entertainment.
 

March
Sat Mar 18

Arc Cinema

1 McCoy Circuit Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601