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Australia 1987
Directed by
Phillip Noyce
92 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
1.5 stars

Echoes Of Paradise

Had this story of cross-cultural love between an Australian woman (Wendy Hughes) and a Balinese dancer (John Lone)  been made 25 years earlier we might find it charming, even brave, but in 1987 it is egregiously retrograde, not to mention so awfully made across all departments that it's hard to believe that director Phillip Noyce, who has so many substantial films to his credit, was the director.

With a banal and laboured script by Jan Sharp, who was also executive producer, brochure-style photography by Peter James, twee music by Bill Motzing and generally awful acting, with Lone clearly uncomfortable with his role, it is an entirely disposable, only Hughes saving it from chalk-on-the-blackboard painfulness. Also known as Shadows Of The Peacock.

DVD Extras: An introduction to the film has Noyce explaining the production history of the film which he calls Shadows Of The Peacock, not Echoes Of Paradise, its original release title, but does not explain why it is so bad. Comes with a travelogue-style featurette on Java and Bali, directed by Noyce, and the theatrical trailer.

Available from: Umbrella Entertainment




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