This movie was notable for its time, for its use of an electronic and avant-garde music score, which, when heard in theaters in Dolby Stereo, was aurally separating and distorting. Reportedly, forty different music tracks were used for the sound.
Producer Jeremy Thomas once said of this movie: "Because I had a great director, and a quality piece of literature I managed to get a wonderful cast such as John Hurt and Alan Bates. Skolimowski had a sense of shooting style then, this was the second director with whom I had worked closely, and it was fascinating watching Skolimowski work. He came from a Polish tradition, the Wajda Film School, he had a different background to other directors with whom I had been working in the cutting rooms or elsewhere, and it made the film much more creative to me. I saw it more as an artistic endeavor by him. The film went to Cannes and won the Grand Prix de Jury. We were incredibly lucky, and the film was appreciated by the jury. It was a very small festival then, nothing like the Cannes Film Festival of today, it was a small event in a cinema of eight hundred people or so."
This movie was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival. It tied with Bye Bye Monkey (1978) for the Grand Prix de Jury.
Two members of the rock group Genesis, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, worked on the soundtrack. The central theme, "From the Undertow", was featured on Banks' album "A Curious Feeling".
The "shout" scenes were shot amongst the sand dunes of the Saunton Burrows, which reach two thousand acres inland from the North Devon coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. The majority of the location filming was shot in this region.
This movie was the first to be produced by Jeremy Thomas for his Recorded Pictures Company. It was his second movie as a producer.
Though not an Australian production or co-production, the story is connected with Australian Aboriginal culture and indigenous Aborigines from the Outback.
This movie was released forty-nine years after the book of the same name by Robert Graves was published.
First British movie of Polish Director Jerzy Skolimowski. Skolimowski filmed Moonlighting (1982) in England as well. This movie was Skolimowski's eighth theatrical movie.
When Rachel first sees Crossley in the kitchen a figure of a bee is shown hanging over him. From that moment on any time Crossley is "preying" on Rachel the sound of a buzzing bee can be heard.
Anthony's (Sir John Hurt) recording studio is decorated with clippings of Francis Bacon paintings. One of these paintings is "Paralytic Child Walking on All Fours" which the film pays direct homage to later on when Rachel crawls across the bedroom floor and the image briefly becomes drained of color.