I can’t claim to be a ‘film buff’, indeed I find many modern films unwatchable due to their absurd depictions of the natures of men and women. Most years I watch three films, or even fewer. But I have a soft spot for films made before 1980, when more honest films were made. One is the Nic Roeg gem Walkabout, released in 1971, starring a young Jenny Agutter and David Gulpipil. I was 14 when it was released, and I first saw it two or three years later. It remains one of my favourite films.
I see from the Daily Mail TV guide that the film is to be broadcast on BBC1 at 00:05 – a minute or two from now – and I look forward to watching it again, for the first time in many years. The point of this blog post is not to ramble on about my interest in this film, but to alert you to the Daily Mail review of the film (p.47, for those of you with a copy of the guide), which I have very good reason to believe was penned by a journalist of the female persuasion:
Nic Roeg’s mysterious, challenging drama stars Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg as two children stranded in the Australian outback after they are shockingly abandoned by their father…
How, you might reasonably ask, did the children’s father ‘shockingly abandon’ his children? The ‘abandonment’ takes place after he drives the children in the family’s VW Beetle many miles into the outback. In the most powerful moment in the film, not long after the start, as his children were playing near the car, and for reasons unexplained in the film – but clearly related to a mental breakdown – he set fire to the car, then committed suicide by shooting a bullet into his brain from a handgun. If you’re looking for proof that men’s value as human beings is limited to their utility to women and children, I can’t think of a better illustration than the Daily Mail review of this iconic film. The man’s violent death at his own hands is clearly of no consequence whatsoever.
Good night. Sleep well.