Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds

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Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds
Directed by Alex Proyas
Produced by Alex Proyas
Andrew McPhail
Written by Alex Proyas
Starring Michael Lake
Rhys Davis
Norman Boyd
Music by Peter Miller
Cinematography David Knaus
Edited by Craig Wood
Production
company
Distributed by MMA Films, Pro-Image
Release dates 1989 (copyright 1988)
Running time 93 min.
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$500,000[1]

Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds is a 1989 post-apocalyptic Australian film directed by Alex Proyas. It was his first feature.

The film was shot on location near Broken Hill, New South Wales and at Supreme Studios Sydney.[2]

Influential Australian movie critic David Stratton praised the film as having a "special vision" with brilliant production design but said "the film frustrates because of its lethargy and stiltedness".[3] Stratton's opinion of the music score was that it was "uninspiring"[4] but Rolling Stone magazine called the soundtrack recording "an album of stunning instrumental beauty and exquisite soundscapes" and awarded it 4 stars.[5]

In 1988 the film was nominated for two Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards for Production Design (Sean Callinan and Peter Miller) and for Costume Design (Mathu Anderson and Angela Tonks).[6] It won the Special Prize at the 1990 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.[7]

In 1989 the soundtrack CD was nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Award (ARIA).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Productions Top $175 million", Cinema Papers, March 1986 p64
  2. ^ Peter Miller (Spirits' Composer/ Art Director) website: Spirits page at Scribbletronics
  3. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p74
  4. ^ Variety, August 1989
  5. ^ Australian Rolling Stone Issue 434, August 1989
  6. ^ Australian Film Institute/Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts Past Winners 1988
  7. ^ "Yubari International Fantastic Adventure Film Festival '90". yubarifanta.com. 

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