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WRONG WORLD

Australia, 1985 (MIFF 1985)

Director: Ian Pringle

"The money's finished. It had to run out sometime. Everything does. The blood, the passion, the fear. Everything except the loneliness. I don't even want to kill myself anymore. I don't know if I ever did. Another piece of indulgence to keep up the interest. I decided to go back to Australia. What better place to see out the end of the world".

David Trueman contemplates his uncertain future. A medical graduate, Trueman left Melbourne to work in New York, convinced that medical science and his sense of compassion would help save the world. Eight years and several countries later, he's no longer sure about his compassion, nor the possibilities of social justice. Life has become nightmare images from his past colliding with an uncertain, if not hostile, present. Trueman returns to Melbourne, but the city he sees is no longer home - just one more endless skyline. Committing himself to an institution, he meets Mary, also at odds with the world, but finding random gratification in heroin. Mary abandons the institution, taking Trueman with her. Forced together, the unlikely pair move through a long night of almost apocalyptic intensity until they escape Melbourne, and head for the sanctuary of Mary's country home town.

New York, Denver, La Paz, Melbourne, Nhill - Ian Pringle and editor/cinematographer Ray Argall seamlessly weld these locations into a powerful and mesmerizing road movie. Reminiscent at times, of Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas, Pringle is aided by excellent performances (particularly Jo Kennedy), and a haunting soundtrack from Eric Gradman The result is one of the finest contributions to emerge from our local industry.

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