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The Dreaming (1988)

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A doctor treats a sick aborigine, who had defied a tribal taboo and visited a sacred cave. The doctor soon finds herself having disturbing dreams and finds herself involved in a 200-year-old mystery.

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Arthur Dignam ...
Professor Bernard Thornton
Penny Cook ...
Cathy Thornton
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Geoff
Laurence Clifford ...
Najira
Kristina Nehm ...
Warindji
Patrick Frost ...
Dr. Graham
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Dr. Richards
Peter Merrill ...
Archaeologist (as Peter Merril)
Deborah Little ...
Admissions Officer
Leo Taylor ...
Alf
Marcella Russo ...
Young Nurse
Kathy Fisher ...
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Gary Goodwin ...
Policeman
Frank Casper ...
Priest
Geoff Smith ...
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A doctor treats a sick aborigine, who had defied a tribal taboo and visited a sacred cave. The doctor soon finds herself having disturbing dreams and finds herself involved in a 200-year-old mystery.

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Oddball down under supernatural movie. I kinda liked it
30 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Dreaming is a pretty obscure film of probably limited appeal to most, but it exerts a certain weird grip and is pretty watchable and interesting. It concerns a curse spawned when whalers attack some Aborigines and unleashed when archaeologists uncover some old artifacts. From here a young woman dies mysteriously and the doctor investigating is drawn into the mystery. Penny Cook does pretty well as the heroine, Dr Cathy Thornton and is suitably disturbed yet tenacious in her search for answers. She provides a sort of realistic core to the film, someone to follow as things get strange. Gerry Sweet does OK as her concerned husband and Arthur Dignam is fine as her distant, selfish father. I enjoyed this more than most seem to have done, its true that there are a lot of dreams and visions, that there is no gore really and that the film does not adequately explain itself. It does however have a good handful of arrestingly strange moments, one or two chills and a certain curious fascination to it. I liked the sense of mythology behind it and a lot of the imagery. There's also beautiful scenery and some very cool direction, an early scene at a hospital is particularly fine. All in all, this will most likely go over a lot of heads and simply appear pointless or boring to even more, but I'd recommend it to devoted fans of low budget head scratchers like myself.


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