Although a touch slow for me in the pacing, Lodkina deserves top marks for a thought provoking, curious and genuine dig below the surface of the men that choose to spend their lives living on the fringes in self imposed exile. The documentary approach works and the cinematography and editing are strong, enhancing the central theme, producing a film that is a remarkable feat given the minuscule budget. 3.5 stars
Venice at home vol.1: Infinite desert expanding to nowhere, trailing smoke of sands, people who drinks beer with buddies all the time, too many flies cling to people's face. Although consisting of same elements, "Strange Colours" is adversary to "Wake in Fright." Dir Lodkina turns Outback from the scorching hell where devils live into the precious world where people lives daylife with humanism. Simple yet intriguing.
Although it contains images and scenes that overwhelm in intrigue, it keeps statements and psychology at surface level. We wonder what could have been mined below the surface, what it might say of infiltration, isolation and inadequacy. Striking, and having seen her short about Lightning Ridge can attest that truth is stranger than fiction - Australia’s hermits bear the burden of its outback.