Deutsche Version

The Second Journey (To Uluru)

German title: Die zweite Reise (nach Uluru)
Director: Arthur Cantrill    → show biography   
Director: Corinne Cantrill    → show biography   
Country: Australia
Year: 1981
Synopsis: An experimental film to be posited against the Cantrills’ earlier work At Uluru (1977), it explores the changes experienced by the filmmakers at Ayers Rock compared with their previous visit: the effects of a bushfire on the vegetation, the sad reality of tourism and Aboriginal claims to Uluru as a result of tourism. Extreme heat dictated the film-makers work pattern and bad processing of the film caused turbidity in the colour, but continued the cinematic metaphor inherent in the film.

Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, in THE SECOND JOURNEY (TO ULURU), bring scientific precision to their observation of the physical and luminous qualities of the surface of Uluru, a rocky formation in Australia’s central desert. The details of its minerals, stones, dust, plants, trees and flowers are contemplated at different times of day, presenting variations in their forms. They also filmed cave paintings inside the monolith and other vestiges, adding a dimension of loss to the film: that of the flight of the aborigines from a territory transformed by the tourism industry.

The timelessness of the monolith questions human perception of time and space, as well as of colour and sounds. As Einstein said: 'The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one.'
Language: English
Forum participation year: 1982
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Technical Attributes

Format: 16mm
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version
Running time (minutes): 74
Color: color
Sound: Optical track
Length in metres: 802
Weight: 3.7
Number of reels: 2