New Trailer for Limited Edition Box Set of Nicolas Roeg's 'Walkabout'
by Alex Billington
June 26, 2020
"It was just an amazing opportunity that we were all given." Second Sight Films has debuted an official re-release trailer for the new "Limited Edition" UK Blu-ray of the seminal Australian classic Walkabout, first released in 1971. This film originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival back in 1971, but didn't win any awards then. It has since gone on to earn critical acclaim and be heralded as one of the defining films in Australian cinema, and one of the first to highlight the Aboriginal experience in a transcendent way. Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg star as two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. The great David Gulpilil also co-stars in his debut as the Aboriginal boy. It was released before by Criterion, but this UK box set includes a bunch of special features in addition to a brand new 4K scan and restoration of the film. For more historical context, SBS published a "why it's important" article. What a gorgeous film.
Here's the new "Limited Edition" re-release trailer for Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout, direct from YouTube:
Following the suicide of their father, Mary (Jenny Agutter) and her younger brother Peter (Luc Roeg) are left stranded in the blistering heat of the vast Australian outback. Facing exhaustion and starvation, their salvation comes when they cross paths with an Aboriginal boy (David Gulpilil) on 'walkabout', a ritual in which he must leave his home and learn to survive off the land. He teaches them how to survive in the wilderness, but a clash of cultures leads to terrible and tragic consequences… Walkabout is directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, his second feature film at the time following Performance; he would go on to make Don't Look Now just two years later. This originally premiered at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. It then first opened in US theaters in July of 1971, later in Australia in December of 1971 (both during the summer). The new "Limited Edition" Blu-ray box set is being released by Second Sight Films only in the UK starting this July. It was also released as a Criterion Collection Blu-ray in 2010. It's a must watch.
I'm not sure if I know about it (just can't remember), but I might look for it at some point...
shiboleth on Jun 26, 2020
It's a film that you simply must see, shiboleth. I'd be hard pressed to believe you've seen it and not remember because it's such a wonderful, wonderful movie. It certainly is Roeg's most accessible film, that's for sure. Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth, and Bad Timing: A Sexual Obsession all followed Walkabout and are all very interesting films, but difficult and challenging and gritty. Walkabout is so humane and so accessible and done so well it simply must not be missed. Take my work on this one. Cheers!
thespiritbo on Jun 26, 2020
You know I do believe you, Bo. And, yes, I saw so many films long time ago, that I don't remember all of them. But you also might be right, seeing the good ones can't just vanish without a trace in memory. Of course, I saw some of the ones you mentioned here (I think the only one that I didn't see is Bad Timing) and I believe in your lead with this one too. Interestingly enough, I wasn't thinking about the director (although I know about him, of course) when I choose to see these films. And besides, Walkabout looks very interesting too and I will gladly pay my attention to it when I get the chance. And just to report something else. I found those two films (it took time, though) you mentioned ('The Girl in the Cafe' and 'Saint Jack') and watched both of them. They were both worth it. Thanks for it. Well, other than that, I watch so many unusual films these days (which are unusual in themselves) that I get easily lost. But, they are mostly interesting and good (and, luckily, often good). Anyway, I hope you're doing fine these days, too. One more time, thanks for these tips about the goodies. Cheers back.
shiboleth on Jun 27, 2020
You're welcome, shiboleth. Excellent you saw both Girl in the Cafe and Saint Jack. Both are pretty obscure and most have never heard of them. I'm glad you were able to see them and also that you liked them. I just watched an early film of Warren Beatty's Mickey One. From 1965 and Arthur Penn directed who went on to work with Beatty two years later on Bonnie and Clyde. Mickey One is a very strange movie that was influenced a lot from the French New Wave movement back around that time and perhaps a little earlier. It's an interesting film. Challenging. Not sure it works, but a noble attempt. Very Kafkaesque and existential. I would only suggest it with my own misgivings about it being plain. Take a look as it can't hurt and it's early Beatty and Penn so that was also a factor towards my re-visiting it. Later gator. Thanks for letting me know you saw these two films.
thespiritbo on Jun 27, 2020
Well, it's summer time and I have more time to watch films (besides reading and writing things). Of course, there are some films I plan to see myself, I'm not totally lost in that respect, but I also hugely respect good advice about it, too. Just to say, my wife was very gratefull for the Girl in the Cafe (big fan of Billy Nighy) and sends her thanks. As for Saint Jack, I liked the tone of the film. Very nice. And Ben Gazzara can't hurt, of course. As for Warren Beatty, I just saw the other day Splendor in the Grass. True, it's much more about wonderful and tragic Natalie Wood, but still, I did quite enjoyed it again (the last time I saw it I was a teenager). However, I don't think I can watch Bonnie and Clyde again. At least, not so soon since I saw it a few times and I'm kinda fed up with it. And that's why I like some of those unusual films you or some other people mention to me. So, I might give it a try and will do what it takes to find the one mentioned by you, Mickey One. While expecting a treat, I salute and thank you sir and I hope you're doing just fine in these trying and strange times. Cheers ...
shiboleth on Jun 28, 2020
Thanks, shiboleth for your warm wishes during these trying and strange times. I'm doing fine and hope you and your wife and family are as well. I'm glad your wife enjoyed The Girl In The Cafe and tell her she's welcome. I'm a huge fan of Bill Nighy as well. Your telling me that she thanks me for suggesting it is just icing on the cake as I never expected that. Yea, Bonnie and Clyde...it's a good film, but not sure I'd revisit it...not unless it's right there on my cable and then I'd probably watch it again, but I've seen it many times. Saint Jack is a strange movie in all aspects and weird that Bagdonivich directed it. You couldn't get that film made today so I'm glad it was made back when and liked revisiting it recently. It's not for everyone, that's for sure. Good luck with Mickey One. To say that film is not for everyone is a massive understatement...lol...
thespiritbo on Jun 28, 2020
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