A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to exist in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg. Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his “walkabout,” a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. Walkabout is a thrilling adventure as well as a provocative rumination on time and civilization. —The Criterion Collection
London-born Nicolas Roeg served in the military as a projectionist, and entered the movie industry immediately after World War II as a gofer and apprentice editor. He joined MGM’s British studios in 1950, and eventually became a cinematographer in 1959, working on a multitude of films of all types, from second unit work on Lawrence of Arabia (1962) to primary photography on the rock & roll exploitation films Just for Fun (1963), Every Day’s a Holiday (1965), and The System (1966). He moved into the director’s chair with Performance (1970), which he co-directed with Donald Cammell, and made a major impression with the low-keyed, eerily compelling drama Walkabout (1971). By the mid-‘70s, Roeg was one of England’s most respected filmmakers, responsible for the unsettling thriller Don’t Look Now (1973), and the sci-fi drama The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). With the possible exception Insignificance (1985) and the compellingly obscure Track 29 (1988) Roeg’s output throughout the 1980s… read more
A rather beautiful look at Australia's outback, but the film is by no means fluff. Nothing is spelt out to the audience, the lingering images leaving us to make up our own impressions. A lesser director would have made a more straight forward adventure, but Roeg makes a picture that is both experimental, and at the same time, accessable.
Great film with Jenny Agguter being a subject on her own. Nicolas Roeg really films her in nature in a intimate and beautiful way. I would dare to venture that the conclusion of the film is about what's on a woman's mind when she says 'Nothing...'
Civilization is the ultimate temptation. This film is about civilization, in which one may thrive or fail to do so. This film is about the allure of civilization, which is an appeal known to all of us. It is about how we may, or may not, succeed in making a delicate compromise with it.
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Nic Roeg’s first solo effort as director. An English teenager (Jenny Agutter) and her much younger brother (played by Roeg’s son, simply billed as Lucien John) become suddenly stranded in the middle… read review
Nicholas Roeg’s Walkabout tells the story of two children, one a teenage schoolgirl (Jenny Agutter) and the other her little brother (Luc Roeg), who are put into a deeply disturbing and unexpected… read review
A wit of this film starts with the introduction. Through a presentation in the text we see what’s Walkabout. Then we see images of a father who is close to madness and decides to kill his two sons… read review