Walkabout (1971)

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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.


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  • Jenny Agutter and David Gulpilil in Walkabout (1971)
  • Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg in Walkabout (1971)
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17 April 2004 | abethell-2
Beautiful lead character and a film with a subtle message
I first remember seeing this film as a late teenager in about 1979. Therefore what most vividly stuck in my mind was the lead character played by a beautiful blonde English girl, Jenny Agutter, Specifically the nude scenes of her swimming and washing.

On a less superficial level it is a film with a point-something along the lines of the graciousness of Aborigines and their ability to live in harsh surrounds, and the destructive nature of suburban life in a flat in a major city.

I think it would be a film, like Jedda, that will always be on reference for the Australian Outback, Aboriginals and the modern society which brought a European civilisation to their land.

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Jenny Agutter said in an interview years later that when the director first asked her to do the full nude swimming scene, she was reluctant because she was "a very reserved 16-year old girl." But after he explained his reasons for it and that it was a very important part of the story, she agreed to do it because she trusted him. The day of filming she was extremely nervous and felt uncomfortable, but she just went for it, took all her clothes off and kept swimming while they filmed her from several angles. Later, when she saw the final film, she agreed it was the right thing to do. It depicted the innocence of her character.


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White Boy: That's the trouble with all these series. You always know the superhero is going to get away with it. That's the trouble with Batman and in The Saint. You always know he's going to win all the fights in the end. That's the trouble with all these ...
The Girl: ...


Goofs

Jenny's stockings variously disappear and reappear with no continuity. It seems earlier scenes with her wearing them are intermingled with later scenes where she doesn't wear them.


Crazy Credits

Opening caption: In Australia, when an Aborigine man-child reaches sixteen, he is sent out into the land. For months he must live from it. Sleep on it. Eat of its fruit and flesh. Stay alive. Even if it means killing his fellow creatures. The Aborigines call it the WALKABOUT. This is the story of a "WALKABOUT".


Alternate Versions

To receive a 'AA' (14 and over) UK cinema certificate the BBFC requested cuts to remove full frontal nude shots of the girl during the swimming scene. However the cuts were rescinded upon appeal and the film was released uncut.


Soundtracks

Skye Boat Song
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish air
Lyrics by Sir Harold Boulton
Hummed by
Jenny Agutter

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Adventure | Drama

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