Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the CloudS

From the visually audacious imagination of Alex Proyas comes his rarely screened debut feature that is part Luis Buñuel and part Sergio Leone meets Mad Max.

Siblings Felix and Betty struggle to etch out a living in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland. Felix’s impulsiveness and obsession with flying has left him in a wheelchair, while Betty insists that a demon is to blame for their woes. Enter Norm, who will shatter their family bond and turn their lives completely upside down. This one-of-a-kind film is the feature debut of Alex Proyas (The Crow,Dark City), and presents a distinctly Australian vision full of madcap inventions and colourful flights of fancy, now enhanced in this pristine digital restoration. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to discover an unearthed gem of independent Australian cinema.

Followed by Q&A with legendary Australian Director Alex Proyas
Screenings: MIFF 2018
Dir. Alex Proyas / Australia / Retrospective / 1989 / 93mins

“The production design by Sean Callinan, with its ‘found objects as art’ visual aesthetic, gives Spirits an oddly cohesive sense of surrealism which is entirely unique. David Knaus’ lensing gives the big blue skies and red earth a definite Australian yet otherworldly feel. Peter Miller’s atmospheric score is effective in enhancing the dream-like feel of the piece.”

Greg Moss
Under the Radar
12:00 pm nOON
Saturday 15th September