Dark was the word in 1984 for this tough Ibsen drama filmed in the wilds of the huge Sydney nature reserve called Centennial Park in Sydney
Released in the 'empty cinema' years of the Australian video boom, this 'important piece of theatre' on film was avoided and forgotten, but today might seem a better prospect given the impeccable theatre and tech credentials that went into its creation. . No doubt inspired by someone's serious homage to Ibsen and with a serious faced cast dressed in brown clothes, all concerned and cold and permanently in a quandary THE WILD DUCK sadly then did not ever pay its way at the box office. It is almost completely forgotten today, in fact until today. In fact until right now. However in a new sparkling 35mm print and with some serious re focus in appreciating the talent and the effort it might just play a lot better today than in 1984. Probably the only film Liv Ullman might ever make in Australia it is a curiosity piece for theatre buffs and cineastes who appreciate Scandanavian emotions.
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