Mixing three separate strands, On an Unknown Beach is a so-called “‘speculative documentary" about journeys into landscapes of ruin. Sonic artist Bruce Russell explores the ruined Christchurch CBD, scientist Di Tracey captures compelling underwater footage while examining coral damage on the seabed, and poet David Hornblow undergoes hypnotherapy to explore his consciousness and past experiences with addiction. The film was made by Adam Luxton and Summer Agnew, whose 2005 documentary Minginui (2005) focussed on an ex-forestry town in the North Island.
...[a] ground zero perspective of human life in the anthropocene; damaged, bruised, and in need of a fresh breath of air.– Directors Adam Luxton and Summer Agnew describe their film
Available to rent from NZIFF On Demand
World premiere on 29 July 2016 at Auckland's Event Cinemas Queen Street, as part of the NZ International Film Festival
Further festival screenings follow in other centres