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Directed by Phillip Noyce
Running time 60 minutes
Phillip Noyce's first feature which has Russell Boyd as cinematographer is an existentialist road movie that has at its core the relationship between an Aboriginal and a white Australian drifter. Based on a short story by John Emery but with dialogue largely improvised by its stars Gary Foley, a well-known Aboriginal activist of the time, and Bill Hunter, and released the same year as Fred Schepisi's more polished The Chant Of Jimmy Blacksmith, the did not find a local audience but was noticed at the Berlin Film Festival and at Cannes.
Made on a budget of $28,000 and influenced by American filmmakers like Cassavetes and Altman and films such as Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop and reflecting Noyce's background in documentary film, it is seat-of-the-pants film-making that works, being both fictional and realistic, entertaining and serious at the same time.
FYI: There was another ending intended for the film with the 3 main protagonists making it to Sydney and disappearing into urban anonymity but budgetary considerations and Foley's pessimistic view of Black Australia at the time determined the ending that we see.