The Lost Tribe

Lost Tribe, The - 1985

Meridian Films - 92 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # 9418212010518

Cast: John Bach, Darien Takle, Don Selwyn, Martyn Sanderson, Emma Takle.
Screenplay: John Laing; Photography: Thomas Burstyn; Editor: Philip McDonald; Composer: Dave Fraser; Producers: Gary Hannam and John Laing; Director: John Laing.

When anthropologist Maxwell Scarry (John Bach) disappears from Fiordland while researching the lost tribe, Hawea, it is hinted that he has paid the price of violating tapu. Meanwhile back in Wellington, Edward Scarry, Maxwell's twin, is questioned by the police about the murder of a hooker. It appears that Maxwell did commit the murder, shortly before faking his own disappearance in Fiordland. Now the question is - what will happen when Edward goes off to Fiordland to find his brother. Weak narrative, but excellent cinematography of Fiordland, plus an eerie original soundtrack.

Censor Rating: M - Review Rating: C

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"There is a sinister musical presence throughout the movie and the action is frequently observed by a hovering camera as if someone is watching. There are many dangling fetish objects; shells, a disembowelled clock and freshly made sausages. Amongst all the eerie naturalism, there is a great use of man- made primary colours: glossy red plastic tablecloths, yellow raincoats, red and blue flashing neon signs. It is impossible to say much more without spoiling a very fine movie with an intriguing story for you to find out for yourselves" - (John Parker, "Eerie naturalism in Fiordland, and two movies about real Americans", Metro, [unknown date], pg.131)


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