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Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

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Girl
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White Boy (as Lucien John)
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Black Boy (as David Gumpilil)
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Father
Robert McDarra ...
Man (as Robert McDara)
Peter Carver ...
No Hoper (as Pete Carver)
John Illingsworth ...
Girl's Husband
Hilary Bamberger ...
Father's Wife
Barry Donnelly ...
Australian Scientist
Noeline Brown ...
German Scientist (as Noelene Brown)
Carlo Manchini ...
Italian Scientist
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Radio Announcer (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Nicolas Roeg

Written by

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Edward Bond ... (screenplay)
 
Donald G. Payne ... (novel) (as James Vance Marshall)
 
Nicolas Roeg ... (story) (uncredited)

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Anthony J. Hope ... associate producer
Si Litvinoff ... producer
Max L. Raab ... executive producer

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John Barry

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Nicolas Roeg ... (photographed by)

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Antony Gibbs
Alan Pattillo

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Brian Mann ... assistant film editor

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Brian Eatwell

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Terry Gough

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Linda Richmond ... makeup artist

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Grahame Jennings ... production manager
Irving Zeiger ... associate production manager

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Kevin Kavanagh ... assistant director
Anthony B. Richmond ... second unit director (uncredited)

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Barry Brown ... location sound mixer
Gerry Humphreys ... dubbing mixer
Kevin Kearney ... boom operator

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Dean Goodhill ... stills
Peter Hannan ... focus
Mike Molloy ... camera operator
Anthony B. Richmond ... special photography (as Tony Richmond)

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John Barry ... conductor
Phil Ramone ... music producer
Eric Tomlinson ... music engineer
Waltjingu 'Richard' Bandilil ... musician: didgeridoo (uncredited)
Sidney Margo ... music contractor (uncredited)
John Richards ... music engineer (uncredited)

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Annabel Davis-Goff ... continuity

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Barbara Burleigh ... production coordinator: on location (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A privileged British family--mother, geologist father, adolescent daughter, small son--live in Sydney, Australia. While on a picnic one day, the sibling get stranded in the Outback by themselves, not knowing exactly where they are. They only have with them the clothes on their backs--their school uniforms--some meagre rations of nonperishable food, a battery-powered transistor radio, the son's satchel primarily containing his toys, and a small piece of cloth they used as their picnic cloth. While they walk through the Outback, they encounter an Australian boy who is on his walkabout, a rite of passage into manhood where he spends entire months on his own living off the land. Their largest problem is not being able to verbally communicate. The boy does help them to survive, but doesn't understand their need to return to civilization, which may or may not happen based on what the Australian boy ends up doing. Written by Huggo

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Taglines A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier. Dangers they had never known before... A people they had never seen before... See more »
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Also Known As
  • La randonnée (France)
  • L'inizio del cammino (Italy)
  • Walkabout - Mannaprovet (Sweden)
  • Der Traum vom Leben (West Germany)
  • Бродяжництво (Ukraine)
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  • 100 min
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Budget AUD1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia David Gulpilil spoke no English at the time of filming. See more »
Goofs Jenny's stockings variously disappear and reappear with no continuity. It seems earlier scenes with her wearing them are intermingled with later scenes where she doesn't wear them. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Terror Nullius (2018). See more »
Soundtracks Includes electronic music from "Hymnen" See more »
Crazy Credits After the credits, there is a flash of white light on the screen and as it becomes a black screen, radio tuning is heard while the words "rien ne va plus" are shown. See more »
Quotes Narrator: [last lines - from "Poem XL" by A.E. Housman's "A Shropshire Lad"] Into my heart an air that kills, From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went, And cannot come again.
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