Screened as part of NZIFF 2020

The Last Wave 1977

Directed by Peter Weir Widescreen

An ancient doomsday prophecy haunts Australian lawyer Richard Chamberlain while freakish weather plagues Sydney in Peter Weir’s newly remastered murder mystery-turned-apocalyptic chiller from 1977.

106 minutes DCP / VOD with optional English CC



Hal McElroy
Jim McElroy


Peter Weir
Tony Morphett
Petru Popescu


Russell Boyd


Max Lemon

Production designer

Goran Warff

Costume designer

Annie Bleakley


Groove Myers


Richard Chamberlain (David Burton)
Olivia Hamnett (Annie Burton)
David Gulpilil (Chris Lee)
Frederick Parslow (Rev Burton)
Vivean Gray (Dr Whitburn)
Nandjiwarra Amagula (Charlie)
Peter Carroll (Michael Zeadler)


This film is screening in select cinemas and venues across the country. See here for details.

As relevant today as it was more than 40 years ago on first release, Peter Weir’s supernatural Australian classic returns newly remastered from the original 35mm interpositive.

“Opening with the uncanny sight of a sunny, cloudless sky erupting into a torrential ice storm, Australian New Waver Peter Weir’s hallucinatory follow up to Picnic at Hanging Rock is part murder mystery, part apocalyptic chiller. When he agrees to defend a group of Aboriginal men charged with homicide, a Sydney lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) is plunged into a shadow world of secret societies, shamanic rituals, and an ancient doomsday prophecy. And then the black rain starts to fall… Surely one of the wettest films ever made – nearly every frame is drenched in ominous, aqueous imagery – The Last Wave sustains an air of dream-state dread as it builds towards its brain-bending climax.” — Film at Lincoln Center

“Strange, foreboding and brilliantly different from any film ever made in Australia, The Last Wave is time past, future and present, a mingling of Aboriginal Dreamtime, Revelations, doomsday predictions and the Deluge.” —  Sydney Morning Herald, 1977

About the Filmmaker
Peter Weir is one of Australia’s most important directors. A leading figure in the Australian New Wave, the success of his early films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and A Year of Living Dangerously (1983) led to Oscar-nominated works like Witness (1985) and The Truman Show (1998). Other key films include Dead Poets Society (1989), Fearless (1993) and Master & Commander (2003).