Strata - 1983
Phase Three Films - 110 min.
Cast: Nigel Davenport, Judy Morris, Tom Brennan, Ctibor Turba, John Banas, Roy Billing, Peter Nicoll, Mary Regan.
Screenplay: Ester Krumbachova, Geoff Steven, Michael Havas; Photography: Leon Narbey; Editor: David Coulson; Music: Mike Nock; Art Director: Dean Cato; Producer: John Maynard; Director: Geoff Steven.
The story means to develop through an uncovering of layers - strata. As writer Krumbachova stated: "With nature as a prison, an impassable barrier ... where every action is physically and psychically limited by the environment ... people are reduced to fragments of basic instinct and intelligence." Promoted as a psychological thriller, Strata provides little tension nor any real climax. The charactors are ideas - not believably real. Filmed on White Island and in Tongariro National Park, this could have, at least, been a visually interesting film, but even that is lost due to less than ideal photographic quality. The best thing about this film is the original soundtrack.
Censor rating: PG - Review rating: D+
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