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

May 17, 2009
Source: Official Website

Van Diemen's Land Trailer

One late night last week, my friend Eric of 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:

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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Reader Feedback - 37 Comments


Wow that looks average I'll have to see more to be sold.

CLAW on May 17, 2009


ugh australians

real talk on May 17, 2009


kinda cool

xerxex on May 17, 2009


The word "cannibal" does not appear in the wiki entry even once, is that the fictional part?

Collin on May 17, 2009


We'll have to see. The music and visual style from the trailer seem cool. Need more though

Dan W on May 17, 2009


Looks nice! nice visual style indeed. Collin: yes it does,

Joshnl on May 17, 2009


Wow. Amazing.

Ian on May 17, 2009


Less is always more. Brilliant trailer.

ramez on May 17, 2009


looks good, i like how we dont hear the axe, something new and it works.

Gary M on May 17, 2009


@ #2 Fuck you!!!!

Drax on May 17, 2009


Damn! Looks pretty intense.

Corey on May 17, 2009


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!!

Last Son on May 17, 2009


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..

Berry on May 17, 2009


i had salad today? and im american.

erik on May 17, 2009


lol..idiots in here

Trey on May 17, 2009


#12 is probably from New Zealand anyway....

Dan W on May 17, 2009


ugh real talk

Barb on May 17, 2009


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

Ravenhill on May 17, 2009


The last thing a Kiwi would do is defend Australia. Imbecile...

Daniel on May 17, 2009



Brian Ricci on May 18, 2009


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...

Dan on May 18, 2009


My favorite band (hence Bono) is U2... check out Rattle and Hum... track 2... VAN DIEMEN'S LAND.

BONO on May 18, 2009


Liked the trailer... hopefully, the movie offers more than the trailer... I'm sold, for now...

miracle disease on May 18, 2009


#19...I know this. But the last thing an Australian wants to be called is a Kiwi.

Dan W on May 18, 2009


i was being sarcastic yall but no more. SUCK IT

real talk on May 18, 2009



mrmr on May 18, 2009


whats the hate-slang for icelandics?

erik on May 18, 2009


I love how Americans "love McDonalds" yet its a global chain. idiots..

Berry on May 19, 2009


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.

Last Son on May 19, 2009


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!

Kels on May 20, 2009


This movie looks so awesome

Scott McHenry on May 20, 2009


Movie looks freaking awesome. Looks like a good story. Interesting at least. As for the rest of you, cant we just get along?

Praying Mantis Master on May 21, 2009


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.

Stygmatah on May 22, 2009


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!!!!!!!!!!

xerxex on May 23, 2009


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.

Edel on May 24, 2009


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.

Samuel on May 30, 2009


The guy with the axe is not Innes, not by any stretch of the imagination. Looks nothing like him.

Lane on Jun 24, 2009

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