Castaway (film)

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For the 2000 film starring Tom Hanks, see Cast Away.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Produced by Rick McCallum
Screenplay by Allan Scott
Based on Castaway
by Lucy Irvine
Starring Oliver Reed
Amanda Donohoe
Music by Stanley Myers
Cinematography Harvey Harrison
Edited by Tony Lawson
Distributed by Cannon Group
Release date
20 February 1986
Running time
117 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Castaway is a 1986 adventure-drama film starring Amanda Donohoe and Oliver Reed, and directed by Nicolas Roeg. It was adapted from its namesake 1984 book by Lucy Irvine, telling of her experiences of staying for a year with writer Gerald Kingsland on the isolated island of Tuin, between New Guinea and Australia.

Real life inspiration[edit]

In 1980, Lucy Irvine responded to an advert placed by writer Gerald Kingsland and they became self-imposed castaways for a year on the isolated and uninhabited island of Tuin, in the Torres Strait between New Guinea and Australia. Chosen by Kingsland from over 50 applicants, Irvine agreed to marry him to satisfy immigration restrictions before they travelled to Tuin. She was 25 and Kingsland 49. After a year they returned home and in 1983 she published her account of the experience in Castaway, which was later used as the basis for the 1986 film.

In 2011, Donohoe recalled her experience working with Reed, stating: "Well, naked on a desert island with Oliver Reed – it was a tabloid fantasy, wasn't it? He was an alcoholic and his behaviour was erratic, but he was always a courteous and good actor. His personal life wasn't working but he never crossed any lines professionally."[1]


The film features a song by English artist Kate Bush, "Be Kind to My Mistakes", that later appeared on the 1997 re-release of her album Hounds of Love.



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