The Plains of Heaven

Australia, 1982

Film
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In this inversion of the buddy-film two technicians manning a tracking station on the High Plains pursue diametrically opposed ways of coping with the isolation. The ageing Cunningham seems to be rejuvenated by and obsessed with the landscape while the younger Barker withdraws into the station and its attendant technology. Return to Barker’s Melbourne becomes a descent into a fragmented, nightmare cityscape. The denial of cause and effect explanations for behaviour invites a metaphysical interpretation of this ambiguously down-side existential drama of disorientation and alienation not dissimilar to Werner Herzog’s visionary dramas although without the German director’s quirky black humour. Cast: Richard Moir, Reg Evans, Gerard Kennedy.

Credits

director
producer

John Cruthers

Duration

01:28:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1982

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

323822

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Drama

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Alienation (Philosophy)

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social isolation

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Alienation (Philosophy)

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Alienation (Social psychology)

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Social isolation

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Alienation (Social psychology)

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

MPEG-1 Digital File - 2MB Rate; Copy

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