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
Promotional poster
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
Meaningful Eye Contact
Distributed by MMA Films, Pro-Image
Release date
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 Australian post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure 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]


Betty and Felix Crabtree live alone together in post-apocalyptic Australia until they are visited by a stranger named Smith.


  • Michael Lake as Felix Crabtree
  • Rhys Davis (Melissa Davis) as Betty Crabtree
  • Norman Boyd (The Norm) as Smith


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".


Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards[4]
(1988 AFI Awards)
Best Production Design Sean Callinan Nominated
Best Costume Design Angela Tonks Nominated
Mathu Anderson Nominated
ARIA Music Award Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album Peter Miller Nominated
Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival Special Prize[5] Alex Proyas Won


  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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