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Australian Screen Classics

Walkabout $15.45 ex GST
$16.99 inc GST

Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout opened worldwide in 1971. Based on the novel of the same name, it tells of two white children lost in the Australian outback who survive because of the help of an Aboriginal boy. The film earned itself a unique place in cinematic history and was re-released in 1998.

In this illuminating reflection, Louis Nowra discusses Australia’s iconic sense of the outback and the peculiar resonance the story of the lost child has in the Australian psyche. He identifies the film’s distinctive take on a familiar story and its fable-like qualities, while also exploring the film’s relationship to Australia and its implication for the English society of its day.

Walkabout, says Nowra, ‘destroyed the cliché of the Dead Heart and made us Australians see it from a unique perspective, as something wondrous, mysterious and sensuous.’

Louis Nowra’s Walkabout … [made me] eager to see the film again ... and my experience of it this second time around was significantly enriched by having read Nowra’s book.  Screening the Past

Walkabout is the 3rd title in the Australian Screen Classics Series, co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive.


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-700-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Louis Nowra was born in Melbourne. His plays include Page 8 (with David Page), The Woman With Dog's Eyes, The Marvellous Boy, The Emperor of Sydney, Inner Voices, Visions, Inside The Island, The Precious Woman, Sunrise, The Golden Age, Capricornia, Byzantine Flowers, The Watchtower, Summer of the Aliens, Cosi, Radiance, The Temple, Crow, Miss Bosnia, The Incorruptible, The Jungle and The Language of the Gods. He has translated The Prince of Homburg, Cyrano de Bergerac and Lulu for the stage. He has also written the libretti for Whitsunday and Love Burns.

For television he has written Displaced Persons, Hunger and The Lizard King and for film Map of the Human Heart, Cosi, Heaven's Burning, Radiance, K-19: The Widowmaker and Black and White. His radio plays include Albert Names Edward, The Song Room, The Widows, Sydney and The Divine Hammer.

Other writings include nonfiction works The Cheated, Warne's World and Walkabout (in Currency's Australian Screen Classics series); four novels The Misery of Beauty, Palu, Red Nights and Abaza; and two memoirs, The Twelfth of Never and Shooting the Moon. Nowra has won multiple awards and prizes, and lives in Sydney.

For a rich guide to understanding more about the work of Louis Nowra  visit the 'What I wrote' series website where you can download Teacher's Notes, watch a trailer for the DVD and read information on the authors.

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