The Quiet Earth
Director Geoff Murphy
Producer Sam Pilsbury, Don Reynolds
With Bruno Lawrence , Alison Routledge , Pete Smith
Cinematography James Bartle
In director Geoff Murphy's cult sci-fi feature a global energy project has malfunctioned and scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) wakes to find he appears to be the only living being left on earth. At first he lives out his fantasies, helping himself to cars and clothes, before the implications of being 'a man alone' sinks in, along with his own culpability in the disaster. As this awareness sends him to the brink of madness Zac begins a frantic search for other survivors.
“A multilevel picture, the film discusses the ethics of science, and who has the right to own knowledge.” - (Geoff Murphy, Onfilm, Wellington 1985)
“The Quiet Earth obviously is deeply felt. It’s no accident that these tragic visions of depopulation come from a tiny country that has declared itself a nuclear- free zone. Or that one of the central characters is Maori, a tribe very nearly extinguished by the early white settlers, then earnestly ‘saved’ and assimilated in this century, at the cost of their tribal culture” - (Sheila Benson, “‘Earth,’ Star Are Out Of This World”, Los Angeles Times, October 18, 1985)
Quite simply the best science-fiction film of the 80s” - Los Angeles Daily News.” - New Zealand Film Commission; www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/the-quiet-earth
This screening is to support the Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision Matariki season and acknowledges the contribution of Bruno Lawrence the New Zealand's cinematic heritage.