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The Last Wave

1h 45m Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Australia, Australian 1977
Best Director - AFI Award Nominee

A Lawyer is tasked in defending a group of Indigenous Australians accused of killing one of their own.

“Dream is a shadow of something real.” Chris Lee (David Gulpilil)

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Peter Weir (Oscar® nominated director of Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli and Witness) explores a startling world on the brink of apocalypse in The Last Wave, a time and place where Mother Nature and human nature are destined to collide in catastrophic disaster. When lawyer David Burton (Richard Chamberlain, The Thorn Birds) is assigned a case to defend a group of indigenous Australian men, he is unprepared for the nightmares and dreamscapes ahead. Accused of murdering one of their own, the men stand trial amidst suspicious circumstances and, as Burton becomes plagued by unsettling visions, he is drawn to the mysterious Chris Lee (AFI Award winner David Gulpilil, Storm Boy, The Tracker) for answers to his torment. As the erratic climate turns dangerous, Burton senses a greater power at play, where tribal customs and the ancient ideas of Dreamtime may be more than just an ominous warning.

Featuring atmospheric cinematography by Oscar® winner Russell Boyd (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), The Last Wave is a haunting journey into the depths of the unknown, where dreams and nightmares conspire as one.


Peter Weir

Closed Captions [CC]




Bonus Content

Richard Chamberlain - Interview


Recorded over Zoom during the Pandemic, Paul Harris speaks with Richard Chamberlain about the creation of the film. diving into anecdotes from the shoot including how Weir played Pink Floyd on-set to get the cast and crew into the proper mood.

David Stratton on The Last Wave


Film critic David Stratton reveals why he considers The Last Wave to be in his top 5 films.

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