Walkabout

Walkabout Trailers

Original title Walkabout
Category Adventure, Drama
UK Release Date
Production year 1971
Production Country
Directors Nicolas Roeg
Cast Luc Roeg, Hilary Bamberger, Robert McDarra, Jenny Agutter, John Meillon, Carlo Manchini, Peter Carver, Barry Donnelly, David Gulpilil, John Illingsworth, Noeline Brown
Distributor British Film Institute (BFI)

Synopsis

Nicolas Roeg's stunning debut as sole director makes breathtaking use of its Australian outback locations. When a teenage girl (Jenny Agutter) and her brother (the director's son Luc Roeg) are abandoned in the outback following their father's suicide, they have to learn to fend for themselves in the natural world without recourse to their usual comforts. Along the way, they meet a young Aboriginal (David Gulpilil) on his 'walkabout', a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. What develops is a thwarted tale of love across cultural barriers and a haunting meditation on time and civilisation.