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Worth Watching - May 17: Van Diemen's Land Teaser Trailer

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May 17, 2009
Source: Official Website

Van Diemen's Land 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:

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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.

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  • CLAW
    Wow that looks average I'll have to see more to be sold.
  • real talk
    ugh australians
  • xerxex
    kinda cool
  • Collin
    The word "cannibal" does not appear in the wiki entry even once, is that the fictional part?
  • Dan W
    We'll have to see. The music and visual style from the trailer seem cool. Need more though
  • Joshnl
    Looks nice! nice visual style indeed. Collin: yes it does, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pearce
  • Ian
    Wow. Amazing.
  • Less is always more. Brilliant trailer.
  • Gary M
    looks good, i like how we dont hear the axe, something new and it works.
  • Drax
    @ #2 Fuck you!!!!
  • Corey
    Damn! Looks pretty intense.
  • Last Son
    Yeah #2 Fuck You!!!! Don't be making comments like that shit. It's a fucking movie. We don't eat people here. Though I here Americans taste extra crispy. Especially with all that fast food you fuckers eat for every meal every day. Umm mmm!! Bacon!!
  • Berry
    I love how you defend yourself #12, and tell him to cut that shit out. Then you go and do the same thing. Couldn't hold it in, could you? Children..
  • i had salad today? and im american.
  • Trey
    lol..idiots in here
  • Dan W
    #12 is probably from New Zealand anyway....
  • Barb
    ugh real talk
  • Ravenhill
    BBC N.Ireland and RTE did a pretty good version of the story of Pearce only a few mths ago. I watched it on BBC iPlayer and was impressed by the level of production. Worth checking out if you can find a copy online http://alexanderpearce.blogspot.com/
  • Daniel
    The last thing a Kiwi would do is defend Australia. Imbecile...
  • woah
  • Dan
    I'm gonna have to go ahead and agree with #12. Time to grow up guys. That, "my country is better than your country" shit used to fly way back in the day, but not so much anymore. So jump back on your kangaroo you koala hugging dick, and jump in your SUV on your way to McDonald's you overprivileged fat shit...oh wait, damn I just did the same thing. Maybe it's one of those things you don't grow out of. Oh well, I tried...
  • BONO
    My favorite band (hence Bono) is U2... check out Rattle and Hum... track 2... VAN DIEMEN'S LAND.
  • miracle disease
    Liked the trailer... hopefully, the movie offers more than the trailer... I'm sold, for now...
  • Dan W
    #19...I know this. But the last thing an Australian wants to be called is a Kiwi.
  • real talk
    i was being sarcastic yall but no more. SUCK IT
  • mrmr
    woah.
  • whats the hate-slang for icelandics?
  • Berry
    I love how Americans "love McDonalds" yet its a global chain. idiots..
  • Last Son
    I started all the bull crap here with the comment about americans tasting nice and since then you guys have been talking mainly about it and it is so weird because we should be all here talking about the film. I was only kidding! You People take this shit way too seriously. By the way the movie looks like crap. I am Australian and I can safely say that they don't make good movies here like they did back in the 1980's.
  • Kels
    Why do people have to get into a stereotype war? Blah blah blah, damn Americans with their effin McDonalds! Blah blah, damn Australians with their......!!!! I don't know any stereotypes about Australians. =\ Um....eff your kangaroos? The movie looks interesting though!
  • Scott McHenry
    This movie looks so awesome
  • Praying Mantis Master
    Movie looks freaking awesome. Looks like a good story. Interesting at least. As for the rest of you, cant we just get along?
  • Stygmatah
    I live in Tasmania, it was shot here and directed by a Tasmanian. The scenes I've had a look at are a perfect example of what our wilderness is like. I've been walking before and literally 2 metres off a well worn track and you can get lost. I know some people will laugh at that but they've never been here...they don't know what it's like. We also don't eat people, but I've been to the part of Tasmania (used to live near there actually) where Pearce and his walking lunches started their journey as well as walking some of the tracks in the area and it is bleak, foreboding and the weather can change in a heartbeat. Plenty of people die out there from injury, starvation, weather extremes. It looks good. I'll be interested in seeing the movie. As an aside, "Dying Breed" was based on Alexander Pearce too. There was also a TV mini-movie thing on Pearce recently as well. ...and for those who are interested, I don't eat people. Well I haven't for the past week or so anyway.
  • xerxex
    way to go # 2 you got Aussie's mad at Americans! and hey fast food is everywhere and if Americans wanna be fat I say MORE POWER TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!
  • Edel
    this is supposed to be for comments on the movie, not a sledging match. what is wrong with you people? Tasmania looks like an amazing place. The movie looks promising.
  • Samuel
    The guy with the axe looked like Perth (Australia) actor Steve Innes, who jumped ship off Ridley Scott's Nottingham movie as it was taking too long to start and is now front runner to be Mad Max, as well as an Engineer or something in a fim about a big water pipeline that Mel Gibson will direct in Australia this year or next. Probably Innes should step aside and let Mel be Max - he needs the money now.
  • Lane
    The guy with the axe is not Innes, not by any stretch of the imagination. Looks nothing like him.

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