Burke & Wills (1985)

PG-13   |    |  Adventure, Drama, History


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A story based on true events about two explorers on a doomed journey trying to cross Australia on foot in the 19 century.

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28 July 2011 | Sturgeon54
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| Fascinating Australian History Lesson
What an odd, yet incredibly moving film - a "forgotten epic." As an American not knowing one thing about Australian history - especially Burke and Wills (Australia's counterparts to the explorers Lewis and Clark in American history), I was expecting an adulatory foreign period piece. Instead, this is an insightful, dark, and often terrifying adventure story about the triumphs and travails of the first two European white men to completely cross the Australian continent in the 1860s. Performances here are first-rate - especially that of Jack Thompson - as are the cinematography and unusual cross-time editing. Also interesting to me are some of the parallels between the tenuous relationships of whites and natives in both Australia and the U.S. at the time. Though this movie may never find an audience in the U.S. (it is very rare and has never been released on DVD), it deserves to be re-discovered.

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AUD 8,900,000 (estimated)

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