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Quiet Earth, The (1985)

Scientist Zac Hobson awakes one morning only to realise he may be the only person left alive on Earth after an experiment goes wrong.

At first, he can’t process what’s happened, slipping between bursts of madness and self-pitying despair, but he gradually develops a way of life.

Bruno Lawrence gives a beguiling central performance as someone who is suddenly able to live out his fantasies, to enjoy the empty city without guilt or interference.


Shot against stunning Auckland (New Zealand) backdrops by Geoff Murphy, the acclaimed Kiwi director of the Maori historical drama Utu (1983), the early section develops a strong sense of mystery, but after Lawrence discovers two other survivors, one male, one female, the script follows an all too predictable path.

It’s an intriguing if not altogether original concept. The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) and Charlton Heston’s cult The Omega Man (1971) were there first.

Zac Hobson
Bruno Lawrence
Alison Routledge
Pete Smith
Api’s mate
Anzac Wallace
Norman Fletcher
Tom Hyde

Geoff Murphy