On An Unknown Beach (2016)

  • Documentary, Avant-Garde
  • 1h 30m

A seabed littered in rubble. Emotional damage unearthed under hypnosis. A city in ruins following an earthquake.

Longtime collaborators Adam Luxton and Summer Agnew return to their experimental roots with this ‘speculative documentary’ on landscapes of ruin, and the three explorers who dive deep into the abyss.

Aboard the state-of-the-art research vessel Tangaroa, coral scientist Di Tracey surveys the Chatham Rise seabed to document the impact of deep ocean trawl fishing. Wandering through Christchurch’s eerie post-quake CBD, Bruce Russell, a sound artist and founding member of seminal noise band The Dead C, philosophises on urbanisation and regeneration through improvised soundscapes and his own highly evolved thought patterns. And navigating a fraught interior landscape, poet and actor David Hornblow uses Regression Hypnotherapy to traverse his past experiences with addiction.

For Luxton and Agnew, their unique subjects’ journeys into the unknown have galvanised their own approach to the aesthetic of this adventurous film, earthy in tone and form and sublimely realised as a striking visual poem.

Director

Adam Luxton

Director

Summer Agnew

Producer

Gayle Hogan

Producer

Adam Luxton

Producer

Summer Agnew

Director of Photography

Adam Luxton

Director of Photography

Summer Agnew

Editor

Adam Luxton

Language

English

Country of Origin

New Zealand

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