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SUNDAY FEATURE: THE LAST WAVE

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Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory

19 Conacher Street

Darwin City, NT 0820

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1977 | 106 mins | Australia

The Last Wave tells the story of young tax lawyer, David Burton, who takes on the defence of five city Aboriginal people who seem to have killed one of their own under tribal law - but as the government doesnt acknowledge that there are tribes in the city, defending the men appears to be impossible.

Davids efforts are frustrated by the defendants, who refuse to cooperate with him. But he experiences recurring dream images of defendant, Chris Lee, and a mysterious older native named Charlie turns out to be a shaman who identifies David as being from an ancient tribe from the West.

David begins an odyssey involving strange natural occurrences - all centring on water - in down-town Sydney. His obsessive research eventually leads him to surmise that some kind of cyclical cleansing of the earth is in the offing, an apocalypse predicted - or created - by the magic of the Aborigines, a massive, apocalyptic tidal wave.

IMAGE: The last wave (video still), 1977

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