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Strata Film – 1983 Experimental Drama

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In Geoff Steven's Kiwi riff on the European art film, a vulcanologist (Brit character actor Nigel Davenport) roams the Volcanic Plateau accompanied by a journalist, a photographer and escapees from a cholera quarantine. Steamy philosophical musings and symbolic intent made for a marked departure from the realism of the NZ feature film renaissance (e.g. Steven’s own Skin Deep). The second feature produced by John Maynard (The Navigator), this moody allegorical tale was co-scripted by Czech writer/designer Ester Krumbachova and Czech-based Kiwi Michael Havas.

Looking like an arid planet, the inhospitable landscape is the perfect symbolic setting for this allegorical film, with the eeriness of the North Island central plateau made even more alien by footage of smouldering White Island, shot at no small cost to the nerves of the crew.
– Helen Martin and Sam Edwards, in book New Zealand Film 1912 - 1996