Crafting both a vacation movie about killing and a film about human nature, Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days) returns to Africa for this raw, grimly humorous portrait of European tourists hunting animals for sport. The Austrian provocateur’s filmography has been characterised by non-conformity and controversial topics, and his latest film is no exception. With the documentary Safari, Seidl turns his camera to the controversial topic of trophy hunting. Following German and Austrian tourists through South Africa and Namibia as they stalk and hunt magnificent animals, Seidl brings us closer to the darkest depths of humanity than he ever has before. Mixing his familiar portrait-style interviews with on-the-ground animal tracking, the film provides privileged access to the rituals his trophy-hunting subjects find so empowering. Safari not only offers a visually stunning and brutally truthful insight into neo-colonialism and recreational killing, but also a shocking glimpse into the deep dark depths of the human soul.
Safari | Dir. Ulrich Seidl | Documentary | 91mins | Austria | 2016 | Sydney Premiere
“Ulrich Seidl continues to amaze and unnerve in this brilliantly composed, deeply upsetting portrait of tourist hunters in Africa.”
“An unclassifiable work of a great and provocative nature, with a clear mission: to draw the viewer out of his comfort zone.”