A tour around Sydney Harbour aboard the replica of the ship used in the 1985 Mel Gibson film. The first Kinopanorama 3-strip film ever shot in Australia.




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A tour around Sydney Harbour aboard the replica of the ship used in the 1985 Mel Gibson film. The first Kinopanorama 3-strip film ever shot in Australia.

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15 March 1995 (UK)  »

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AUD 100,000 (estimated)

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2.75 : 1
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18 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It takes one brave soul to commission not only the restoration of a massive 30-plus year old camera, but alto to fly his Russian crew out to Australia, put them up in a five-star hotel, hire a Russian-speaking policewoman (when the Russian translator suddenly proved unavailable), and, then, proceed to produce and direct his first ever film.

John Steven Lasher is that brave soul, and we can all be thankful for his enterprising endeavour.

The Kinopanorama three-film format is a real eye-opener, a fact not lost on the first-night audience at the Bradford, England Widscreen Festival, who came see the film in March, 1995, and who applauded at the conclusion of the screening.

Lasher has produced an entertaining, if not always focused --not in the optical sense -- film, one which highlights the visual 'by the seat of your pants' attributes of Kinopanorama, which was the Soviet equivalent of Fred Waller's famous Cinerama of the early 1950s.

The opening shot of a CityRail train crossing the bridge at the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales, complete with excellent seven-channel surrounds, is alone worth the price of admission. If producer Lasher can be faulted at all, it is for the fact that the railways occupy too much of the footage. Elsewhere, there are noticeable differences in the colour rendition of the Sovcolour film stock (geared for Northern latitudes), which reacts to the harsh Australian light (colours shifting to blue in the work-prints), with those of the Eastman stock shot at Dubbo in 1994. There is also some film jitter in the Eastman shot sequences, but this is due to the fact that the camera's pull-down pins were damaged during the Dubbo shoot, and not repaired for some months, according to Lasher in his pre-screening introduction to the Bradford audience.

Music by the New Zealand-born John Charles, performed by the hand-picked Fifth Continent Chamber Ensemble conducted by Edward Primrose, is excellent throughout and is the narration of an unidentified person.

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