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Walkabout

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A schoolgirl and her young brother are abandoned in the Australian bush

The one where Jenny Agutter, as any schoolboy will tell you, goes skinny-dipping in a lake a mere year after The Railway Children.

Nicolas Roeg’s coming-of-age fable, in which a prim schoolgirl (Agutter) and her young brother (Roeg’s son Luc) abandoned in the Australian bush, are taken in by a curious young Aborigine (David Gulpilil) is often overlooked as an A-Level media studies staple.

But it’s also one of Roeg’s finest films – a haunting, sunstruck mood-piece whose contrasts between ‘civilisation’ and ‘wilderness’ are less heavy-handed than they might first appear.

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