In this inversion of the buddy-film, two technicians manning a tracking station on the Victorian High Plains pursue opposite ways of coping with isolation. The ageing Cunningham (Evans) seems to be rejuvenated by and obsessed with the landscape, while the younger Barker (Moir) withdraws into the interior and technical world of the station. The film explores the anxiety of isolation in the wilderness – a reoccurring theme in Australian cinema – but here it is within an alpine setting rather than the usual 'dead heart’ of the outback. As described by Marcus Breen in Australian film 1978-1992, Ian Pringle’s existential drama is a bold attempt to examine psychosocial issues of disorientation, filmed in a European-style but set in an Australian context. Print courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
School is out, and three girls head to the beach for vacation. Two of the girls are world-wise party-goers who attempt to loosen up their naive, virginal friend, whose uncle has allowed the girls to stay at his beach house.
When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame.
Have you watched Plains of Heaven yet? What did you think about it?