Van Diemen’s Land
This is a dark and foreboding film that is almost stripped of any colour – the monotone hues try to hide the beauty of this retched land, but fails to do so, just as the monotonous start to the story belies what lays ahead.
Be warned dear viewer though, Van Diemen’s Land is not for everyone, and many will find it hard to see the beauty that abounds in this Aussie classic.
Based on the confessions of Australia’s most notorious killer, Alexander Pearce, this film chronicles the disturbing ease at which man confronted by the unrelenting present of his assured mortality will sink into the depths of hell, as surely as Dante himself descended. But rather than the figurative writings of a man Italian, Van Diemen’s Land turns quickly from a slow and meandering period drams into a shocking a chilling edge of your seats thriller, where not a lot happens, but it’s got you riveted all the same.
To mention any more plot detail would be to ruin the experience, even knowledge of the historical details would lessen the impact of this visually stunning film.
But fair warning, if you dare to enter Van Diemen’s Land, you won’t easily forget the experience.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: February 11th, 2010
Stars: Oscar Redding, Arthur Angel, Paul Ashcroft, Mark Leonard Winter
Director: Auf Der Heide, Jonathan
Studio: Madman Entertainment