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The Quiet Earth Film – 1985 Adaptation Drama Sci-fi

The Quiet Earth

Film – 1985 Adaptation Drama Sci-fi

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In director Geoff Murphy's cult sci-fi feature a global energy project has malfunctioned and scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) awakes to find himself the only living being left on earth. At first he lives out his fantasies, helping himself to cars and clothes, before the implications of being 'man alone' sink in, along with his own culpability in the disaster. As this awareness sends him to the brink of madness, he discovers two other survivors. One of them is a woman. Los Angeles Daily News gushed: “quite simply the best science-fiction film of the 80s”.

Few performances equal Bruno's in The Quiet Earth. I can only think of Spencer Tracey in The Old Man and the Sea to match his solo role. Tracey held the audience for twenty minutes; Bruno kept the audience on the edge of their seats for twice that time....
– Kiwi film legend John O'Shea

Produced by

Cinepro/Pillsbury Films


Available to rent and buy from NZ Film on Demand.


Title licensed by Sales Agency NZ Film Sales.


Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.


Composed by John Charles.
Music played by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Musical producer Dave Fraser.