The Last Wave

The Last Wave

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Three-time Golden Globe winner Richard Chamberlain is a lawyer who must defend a group of Indigenous men in a murder case in this mystery drama helmed and co-written by Peter Weir (The Truman Show). More

"David (Chamberlain), a young Sydney-based lawyer, is plagued by strange visions all involving the incredible force of water. Soon after, he takes on a legal case defending Indigenous men against charges of murdering another Indigenous man in a city alleyway. In order to solve the mystery, he must steep himself in Aboriginal history with David Gulpilil as his spiritual guide. The journey he embarks on not only echoes his foreboding visions but also threatens to undo his very being." (Melbourne International Film Festival)

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1977Rating: PG, The content is mild in impact106 minsAustraliaEnglish, Italian and Aboriginal with English subtitles
DramaMystery
Director:
Peter Weir ('Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World', 'The Truman Show', 'The Way Back')
Writer:
Peter WeirTony MorphettPetru Popescu
Cast:
Richard ChamberlainOlivia HamnettDavid GulpililFrederick ParslowVivean GrayNandjiwarra AmagulaWalter AmagulaRoy Bara

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The Last Wave | Reviews

82%17 reviews

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The film... begins so brilliantly and with such promise that it's no real surprise that the closer it gets to its apocalypse, the less effective it becomes.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

How Weir links small details of his protagonist’s journey to turning points involving mysticism, prophecy and the end of times is a masterful exercise in dual narrative trajectory...

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Time Out

Time Out

Weir creates an impressively unsettling atmosphere; sad, then, that all the stuff about primeval voodoo is both simplistic and patronising.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A hypnotic achievement from Peter Weir’s Australian mystical period.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

A fascinating psychological thriller weakened in the last analysis by rampaging apocalyptic undercurrents...

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FilmInk

FilmInk

A haunting journey into the depths of the unknown, where dreams and nightmares conspire as one.

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

It is a film of disparate elements, which take a long time to slide into focus.

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The Last Wave | Release Details

The Last Wave is available to stream in Australia now on Netflix and Google Play and Prime Video and Apple TV and SBS On Demand and Shudder and Prime Video Store.