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783 Ratings

The Last Wave

Directed by Peter Weir
Australia, 1977
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller


In Peter Weir’s The Last Wave, Richard Chamberlain stars as Australian lawyer David Burton, who takes on the defense of a group of aborigines accused of killing one of their own.

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The Last Wave Directed by Peter Weir

Awards & Festivals

Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival

1982 | Winner: Best Actor (Clavell de Plata)

AACTA International Awards

1978 | 2 wins including: Best Achievement in Sound

1978 | 5 nominations including: Best Director

Critics reviews

The Last Wave is significant as a major film of the 1970s Australian film renaissance… and also a marker film in the career of David Gulpilil… The Last Wave was a key film in a journey that was to become both his life’s work, and his most important contribution to Australian cinema: to engage in a dialogue with Australian auteurs, audiences and Indigenous people to communicate Aboriginal identity, culture, values and history.
July 01, 2015
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