Story: Feature film

The quiet earth, 1985

Geoff Murphy's apocalyptic thriller The quiet earth, adapted from Craig Harrison's novel of the same name, was New Zealand's first major science-fiction film. It is notable for a stunning lead performance by Bruno Lawrence, who began working with Murphy as part of a Hawke's Bay-based film-making collective that included cinematographer Alun Bollinger and writer-director Martyn Sanderson. After making The quiet earth Murphy left New Zealand to work as an action-movie director in Hollywood.

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Reference: The quiet earth. Producer, Don Reynolds; director, Geoff Murphy; writer and producer, Sam Pillsbury. Cinepro/Pillsbury Films, 1986.

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Helen Martin, 'Feature film - The 1980s: breaking new ground', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014