The Edge of the World (1937)
The Edge of the World (1937)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Edge of the World

Michael Powell | United Kingdom | 1937 | PG


Wed 8 May 2024

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Michael Powell’s first major film deals with the sadly inevitable evacuation of the desolate Scottish archipelago of St Kilda by its inhabitants. This strikingly original drama, noted for its rugged location scenery, everyday realism, partial recreation of a disappearing way of life and strong performances, combines Powell’s penchant for mysticism with a Flaherty-like documentary authenticity. Its significant success led to Powell’s fateful meeting with Emeric Pressburger. With John Laurie, Finlay Currie, Niall MacGinness and Powell himself.

Followed by Return to the Edge of the World Michael Powell (1978) 25 mins – PG.
Powell’s last work is an evocative and bittersweet documentary detailing the return of the director and cast members to the windswept locations of his breakthrough earlier film, The Edge of the World.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: British Film Institute
Courtesy: British Film Institute
Runtime: 81 mins

Event duration

81 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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