Indie Trailer Sunday: Auf Der Heide's Van Diemen's Land

September 20, 2009
Source: Apple

Van Diemen's Land Trailer

A second trailer has debuted for Jonathan Auf Der Heide's Van Diemen's Land, the Australian thriller that has been hiding in the darkness for a while now. We first featured a shorter teaser trailer for this same film back in May (while I was in Cannes) as I was first told about it at the time. The film is now showing at Fantastic Fest next week where I'll finally be seeing it and will have some feedback on it. Van Diemen's Land is about cannibalism during the early 1800s, so tread with caution. The title pertains to an actual piece of Australian wilderness known as Van Diemen's Land, referring to the island of Tasmania. Check it out!

Watch the trailer 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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Awesome awesome trailer

Conrad on Sep 20, 2009



Andrew on Sep 20, 2009


I hate to say that i saw this as Edinburgh film is very boring.

butliere on Sep 20, 2009


As Bear Grylls would say, "packed full of good nutrients and vita-mins"

LW on Sep 20, 2009


i like the visual look of the film. i'll be seeing this. hey hate to say it, did anyway. and "boring" for you might not mean for boring for others.

beavis on Sep 20, 2009


The beginning part grossed me out, with the chewing on whatever the hell that was. Looks interesting though.

Sabes on Sep 20, 2009


#6 it was human!! =D cant wait

DoomCanoe on Sep 20, 2009


#3, this does indeed look like it could be very boring. The plot is interesting and the events may be dramatic, but wilderness survival movies are rarely considered full of excitement. Between the escape scene and the eventual cannibalism scenes there will be mundane periods of the usual tedious attempt to find ways to survive, ie find food, build shelter, organize power structure, etc. However, a boring movie doesn't necessarily mean a bad movie. I saw Thirteen Days, the film about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and found it to be an amazing piece of drama. Does it excite the senses from beginning to end? No. But excitement doesn't always make a good movie.

Chris H. on Sep 20, 2009


well put number 8

Jo on Sep 20, 2009


5 and 8 Believe me it's 'bad' boring, but by all means go and see it, but prepare to be disappointed. I saw the trailer that was posted here sometime ago. It look really good. I like slow subtle, beautifully rendered films. I then saw the world premiere. There is just no characters to grab onto. btw I saw thirteen days and loved it too. I'll be interested on your thoughts after seeing it. The general feeling from my group was it was too much up it's own arse...the director seemed like a nice chap though...

hamish on Sep 21, 2009


So it's kind of like Cannibal the Musical, except. . . ya know. . . not funny

Garrett on Sep 21, 2009


thats funny, it says they escape a place of banishment and punishment. Isnt that what Australia was anyway?

yayaya on Sep 21, 2009


It's made out of PEOPLLLE!

Nick Sears on Sep 21, 2009


Yes, nicely put Chris H.

I am Ron Burgandy? on Sep 21, 2009


#13, lol Soylent Green!!!!!!!!!

jvj the agnostic on Sep 22, 2009


Beginning part almost made me throw up

CJ on Sep 22, 2009


damn straight Canibal the Musical was far more entertaining. Personally I dont give a rats ass about the endurance of the human spirit and all that other happy horse shit. I mean, these guys were fucking criminals, so who cares if they eat each other? On the other hand, It could be good fun if one goes to see it in the correct frame of mind.

THIGHBONE on Sep 23, 2009

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