Worth Watching - May 17: Van Diemen's Land Teaser Trailer
One late night last week, my friend Eric of IONCinema.com showed me the trailer for a film called Van Diemen's Land. I hadn't heard of it, and I didn't know what to expect, but was instantly mesmerized. As you'll see below in this trailer, it's stunning for a 45-second first look at a film. The title pertains to an actual piece of Australian wilderness known as Van Diemen's Land, referring to the island of Tasmania. While some of you might've gotten this from the trailer, I'll just explain anyway, that it's a story about cannibalism, so proceed with caution. The gritty visual style and stark minimalism of this is what completely sold me.
Watch the teaser for Jonathan Auf Der Heide's Van Diemen's Land:
For more info on the film, visit the official website: vandiemensland-themovie.com
Van Diemen's Land tells the true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia's most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven convicts escaped from Macquarie Harbour, a place of ultra banishment and punishment, only to find a world less forgiving… the Australian wilderness. "Abandon all hope you who enter."
Van Diemen's Land is both written and directed by first-time Tasmanian filmmaker Jonathan Auf Der Heide, of only a short called Hell's Gates. The film was shot in Tasmania last year and is already completed. Van Diemen's Land is currently being sold at Cannes and will likely show at film festivals later this year.