Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds

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Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds
Spirits of the Air Gremlins of the Clouds.jpg
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
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]



Rolling Stone magazine called the soundtrack recording "an album of stunning instrumental beauty and exquisite soundscapes" and awarded it 4 stars.[3]

Influential Australian movie critic David Stratton praised the film as having a "special vision" with brilliant production design while stating that "the film frustrates because of its lethargy and stiltedness".

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).[4] It won the Special Prize at the 1990 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.[5]

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



  1. ^ "Australian Productions Top $175 million", Cinema Papers, March 1986 p64
  2. ^ Peter Miller (Spirits' Composer/ Art Director) website: Spirits page at Scribbletronics
  3. ^ Australian Rolling Stone Issue 434, August 1989
  4. ^ Australian Film Institute/Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts Past Winners 1988
  5. ^ "Yubari International Fantastic Adventure Film Festival '90". yubarifanta.com.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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