classified 12A

The Balance of Things: the Cinematic Imagination of Nic Roeg


Please note: This was screened in July 2019

Nicolas Roeg
Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg
100 mins, 1971, UK | Australia
Primary language

Nicolas Roeg’s classic plunged two white children (teenager Jenny Agutter and Roeg’s six-year-old son Luc) into the harsh environment of the Australian outback.

Lost in the wilderness, their only way of survival is through the knowledge of a young Indigenous man (David Gulpilil) that they meet, who is performing a ritual solo wandering that will mark his entrance into manhood. The tenderness in the developing relationships, the vision of an Eden that these three innocents could occupy, is inevitably tragically undercut.

Roeg directed the film from a 14 page script produced by playwright Edward Bond demonstrating the enormous confidence in his ability to tell stories visually. The development of the characters and their relationships, the contrast of the modern and the natural, is expertly woven through his mesmerising cinematography and unorthodox and signature approach to editing.